Clay Earth


What You'll Need:

Let's Do This!

Step 1: 

Place rectangle block of clay horizontally on a cutting surface. Measure and cut strips from the clay block. Measuring across the top of the rectangle: 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/4", and 3". Cut a 1" x 1" cube from the end of the 1" strip. 

Step 2:

Roll the clay strips into 5 balls. The clay balls should gradually go up in size. 

Step 3: 

A) Collect 5 different acrylic paint colors for the Earth's layers. We used: red, orange, yellow, purple, and blue. 

B) Wearing gloves, add paint to the balls. Tip: Press your thumb into the center of the ball to make a placeholder for the paint. 

C) As in kneading dough, thoroughly work the paint into the balls. 

Step 4:

A) Have the smallest pile of clay rolled into a ball. 

B) Flatten out the next biggest color ball and wrap it around the smallest ball. Tip: Place the smaller ball in the center of the flattened ball. 

C) Roll this back into a ball shape. 

D) Repeat steps B) and C) until all layers are completed.

Step 5: 

A) Have an adult help cut Earth clay ball in half. 

B) Smooth out any spots on the layers with your fingers. Tip: Add texture to the layers by using a toothpick or pencil for a more realistic look. 

Step 6: 

A) Bake clay Earth at 250° F for approximately 15 minutes. Periodically check the Earth to watch for any cracking in the clay. 

B) Remove from oven and let cool. 

Extra Step: 

A) Label the Earth's layers with fun flags! Cut toothpicks in half for the poles. 

B) Cut approximately 1/2" x 2" rectangles from white paper. 

C) Fold a paper rectangle in half around the top of each toothpick. Adhere with glue or tape runner. 

D) Label flags with a pen.