Kids can create these simple bowls that can be used for sorting small items by colors. Making the bowls and painting them is a project in and of itself that is great for strengthening fine motor skills. When kids participate in making an activity, they have a sense of ownership in doing it once done too. Sorting items can also be used for creating color patterns and sequencing skills.
TIME TO COMPLETION: 45 minutes to make/ 15 minutes to bake
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.
Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.
Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
Cut the block of clay into eight equal parts – you will be using one piece for each bowl for a total of 8 bowls.
Roll one part into a soft ball using hands.
Roll the ball out into a circle about 5 inches in diameter. It does not have to be a perfect shape.
Bend up the edges, pinching as moving around, to create a bowl. Repeat Steps 2-5 for each bowl being made.
Bake following the instructions in the packaging.
Once baked and completely cooled, paint bowls solid colors.
Add a coat of Sculpey Gloss Glaze and let dry.
Use the bowls to sort small objects into colors.
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