This is one of those art projects for kids that was inspired by a kid! My daughter Clara to be exact. I originally dreamed up a little science project for creating grass-topped birdhouses using air-dry clay (you probably have seen those small wood birdhouses in the dollar bin at your local craft store and I can’t help but pick up a few every time I pass by)…..I had the materials sitting on the table and one day I found that she had already dived into the clay and was using it to decorate the birdhouse roofs. The light bulb flashed! Forget grass for a moment, let’s get some colored clay and go crazy!
The final product has a Dr. Seuss-ian look to it wouldn’t you say? My daughter made 3 of these and the project kept her busy for quite some time, so if you are looking for a project that will keep your aged 4+ child busy for awhile this is a hot contender.
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Art Projects for Kids: Clay Houses
- Colorful Non-Hardening Modeling Clay
- Clay tools (optional)
- Small Wood Birdhouses (we purchased ours at JoAnn’s for about $1 each)
- Glitter (optional)
- Step One Open up clay and soften by kneading it in your hands.
- Step Two Break off a chunk of softened clay and press it into the wood. Smooth it out and spread it on wood surface to create a colorful façade.
- Step Three Make details out of clay and decorate the house.
- Step Four Glam it up with a little glitter!
- Don’t leave these out in the sun! The clay will heat up in the sun and warp.
- These are for decorative purposes only; I don’t suggest trying to use them as birdhouses.
Theodor Seuss Geisel. That’s Dr. Seuss to you and me. I probably don’t need to introduce you to him since he is just about as famous as can be but have you ever stopped to think of him as a cartoonist? Most of us think of him as an author with his clever poems but his artwork and illustrations are a key part of the appeal of his books. One of my favorite movies is How The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, from 1966. Dr. Seuss was worried about how his work would translate into film but I think the movie is a masterpiece of color, cartoon, story, and song. These little colorful birdhouses reminded me so much of the whimsical imagery of the amazing environments Dr. Seuss created in his books.
Conclusion & More
If you are trolling around for fun art projects for kids this spring and summer, clay decorated birdhouses will most likely be a hit! My son spent about 5 minutes on his, my daughter, hours. The funny moment came when my son saw our finished houses and said, “How did you make those?” I think he didn’t realize that taking a little bit of time to create could yield a fun little product. Score one for patience!
- If you enjoyed this clay project for kids try making Sculpey ships or clay and wood block structures.
- Don’t stop at decorating houses out of clay, check out these fun clay people over at Mollymoo.
- I’ve always loved this idea for using modeling clay to make process art: Clay Smoosh at Twodaloo.
- If you don’t already have a collection of Dr. Seuss classics in your house this is a great place to start! Six by Seuss: A Treasury of Dr. Seuss Classics
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