Saturday, August 3, 2013

Photo Tile

Great Gifts 

Photo tiles make a beautiful gift for parents and family.  This is an inexpensive project that is quick and easy.

Materials Needed:
1. Photos ( In this example I digitally arranged mine on the computer and printed, but it is totally not necessary. I have used regular photos in the past.)
2.  Mod Podge
3. Paint brush (I used a sponge brush)
4. Smooth Ceramic Tiles  (I used 4x4)

  1. Arrange the photos on the tile before glueing.  Make sure it looks like you want it. Once they are glued down they can be difficult to unglue without tearing.
  2. Glue the photos onto the tile using the Mod Podge and let completely dry.
  3. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the photos.  This will make a protective seal.
  4. Allow to dry (about 1 day)

The tiles make great Christmas, Valentine's day, Mother's/Father's day presents. A friend used pictures from the whole year and gave them as End of the Year gifts.

Class Photo Tiles

Other Ideas:

  • Add jewels, buttons, ribbons, or sea shells to add more personality (after completely dried)
  • Preserve children's drawings on tiles

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Clay Activites

Clay Ideas & Pictures

(Most pictures were found on Pinterest - You can find a link on my "Clay" board on Pinterest  and Panther's Palette


Can be used as an inspiration or to go along with documentation

Students flattened a ball of red clay before using various objects (leaves, twigs, seashells, toy dinosaurs, etc.) to create impressions.

After the clay had dried, students painted their fossils with watered down black and brown tempera paint. Paper towels were used to rub the clay to create a "dirty" look to help the fossil look more realistic.

    When students finished making their fossil they observed their work and created a quick sketch.


   Create clay pots by roiling coils! Each student starts by flattening a ball of clay for the bottom of their pot.
    Pieces of clay were pinched off of a larger ball of clay, rolled into coils and attached to build pots. Remember to use slip to make the clay stick after it dries. 

   Let dry for several days then paint.


Clay Textured Disks

   To flatten clay show the students how to carefully throw their ball of clay on the table to flatten it. Use your hands to smooth the clay and water to erase any cracks.

   Students used various materials like marker lids, toothpicks, dry noodles and rubber stamps.

   Let dry, paint, and add string.


    Use a little water to smooth out cracks and then added textures to the pots with various tools.  Paint after it is dried.


      Make a pinch pot out of clay first, and then added a head and legs with balls of clay. Remember to use clay slip to make the clay stick after it dries.  Pinch the clay for a tail and add textures with clay tools.  

   If you don’t have tools use popsicle sticks, marker caps and tooth picks. Paint turtles after clay dries. 


   All About Me

   An extension to self portraits: represent themselves with clay


     Use clay to represent leaves. 

   Make leaf prints to add to your science center.

   Use wax paper under the clay to be able to peel off easily. 

   Take a real leaf that has been flattened and rub it with the back of a spoon onto the clay with the veins face down.  Gently peel of the leaf.  (don’t use dry brittle leaves – only fresh)  Let dry & paint.


    Clay Bead Necklaces
    After viewing glass beads and observing their shapes students can make their own beads.  Will use previously learned skills like making balls and rolling clay.  Need to make the bead big enough to be able to make a hole through it. 


    Plastic Animals & People
   Add plastic animals and/or people to create habitats. Clay is used to create a habitat.  Any animals can be used as inspiration.


    Natural Materials
   Natural materials like: leaves, acorns, sticks, plants / flowers, feathers, seeds, rocks, etc. can be a great provocation.

   Great for 3D art