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Art Projects for Kids: Clay Houses

by on April 26, 2014

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!

art projects for kids: clay houses

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

Materials 

art projects for kids: clay houses

Instructions

  • 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!

art projects for kids: clay housesYou’re done! Wasn’t that easy and fun? I adore this house by Clara!

art projects for kids: clay houses

Tips

  • 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.

art projects for kids: clay houses

Looks Like

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!

art projects for kids: clay houses

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meri cherry April 26, 2014 at 7:45 am

Holy life changing! I AM IN LOVE!!! These are amazing!!! I thought they were candy at first. SOOOO doing this! Awesome Ana. Go CLARA!!! Brilliant.
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Ana Dziengel May 3, 2014 at 6:46 am

I LOVE YOU Meri! Ha! Glad you liked these, I had a feeling they would be right up your alley!

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Stephanie April 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm

These are amazing, Ana! So brill! And thanks for the link love, too :)
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Ana Dziengel May 3, 2014 at 6:46 am

Anytime mama! Thanks for stopping by!

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Starla J April 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

How fun. The kids will love this. Thank you for sharing.
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Veens @ Our Ordinary Life April 29, 2014 at 11:40 pm

I am so inspired to take on clay! This has inspired me and many other clay projects you have shared. Thank you!
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Ana Dziengel May 3, 2014 at 6:44 am

Do it Veens! Clay is such a fabulous art material for kids, the sensory aspect is something they cannot resist!

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Cassi May 20, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Another great idea! I’ll be sharing this on The Crafty Crow soon!
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Ana Dziengel May 31, 2014 at 7:23 am

Thank you so much Cassi!

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