Making fun things to add the garden creates a away for kiddos to get involved. These darling clay bug garden stakes are a great way to decorate spring or summer plants whether indoors on pots or outdoors in the garden. I like to call them kindness bugs because they are so cheerful and happy in appearance. They can be made small or large, depending on where they are going. This activity is perfect for young children as the Bake Shop clay made by Sculpey is super easy to mold.
Clay Bug Garden Stakes
What will you need?
To do this activity, you will need:
- Sculpey Bake Shop Clay
- Oven to Bake Clay
- Wooden Skewers for Stakes
- Wire if Antennae are Part of the Plan
How do you make the clay bug garden stakes?
Use the Bake Shop clay to sculpt little bugs or critters. Use wire for antennas if desired. Working with the clay is really easy peasy. By rolling it in the warmth of hands, it gets softer and easier to mold. Be sure to really attach wings,eyes and such with pressure to make sure the clay from the two pieces connects before baking.
Insert the wooden skewers and then bake according to directions in the packaging. Try to bake all similar sized pieces together. Much like cookies, a thin masterpiece could burn while something thick is still finishing the baking process. When they are cool, they are ready to stick in the dirt.
The bugs are also really cute without skewers as stand alone little pieces to decorate and spread cheer.
My Girl Scout troop LOVES making things from clay. This fun little fairy garden is a great activity with Bake Shop clay too.
Here are my top five tips if you plan to share clay crafting with kids.
- Create a clean work surface. Getting dirt in the clay is frustrating.
- Have the appropriate tools. A little roller is super helpful.
- Only open the needed colors.
- Create alongside kids, role modeling the process.
- Practice before trying to make a masterpiece.
Cheers to making all of the fun things with clay!
- Sculpey Clay (Craft Store)
- Wooden Picks (Craft Store)