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6 Easy Clay Animals Kids Love To Make

Are you looking for your next clay art lesson? We have made thousands of ceramic projects with kids and animal sculptures always seem to be a hit. Use this list of 6+ clay animal ideas as inspiration for your next clay day.

collage of clay animals for kids.

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Ways To Build Clay Animals

  • 1 Pinch Pot: By using only 1 pinch pot, you keep the build simple. Think of all the different ways a pinch pot could be used. You will see a flipped-over one, one of its side, on legs and just with added details in this list.
  • Double Pinch Pots: If you want an enclosed body or head, then a double pinch pot is the way to go.
  • Slab: a flat piece of clay can be a great starting point. You can provide beginners templates to help them cut out the base shape.
  • Coils: We have never had kids build an animal solely with coils. However, we have seen a few cool coil pots that get details added to resemble animals.

Use the links below to get free and detailed step-by-step tutorials for individual clay art projects.

Clay Animal Ideas

Whether you are building from a pinch pot base or slab, these clay animal ideas are a great starting point for your next ceramic lesson with kids.

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Can you build animals with air dry clay?

Yes, these animal art ideas can be built with air dry clay or other modeling clay. The biggest difference is that you will have to paint air dry projects and not use glaze.

How do you add color to clay animals?

Depending on the material you used to sculpt your animals you can use glaze, acrylic paint, watercolor paint or even oil pastels to add color to clay. If not using glaze, you can also try a variety of clear coats to get a different appearance.

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No matter what clay animal idea you decide to try, always encourage creativity in the process. We can’t wait to see what is created.

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