GAMES THEN AND NOW – Clay Relief Sculpture

Students compare games children played in an ancient time period with those played today, and theny use Crayola Air-Dry Clay to make a relief sculpture to communicate their ideas.

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GAMES THEN AND NOW – Clay Relief Sculpture


  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay - White - about .5 kg per student
  • Crayola Watercolour Paints - 8 Count
  • Crayola Paintbrushes - 5 Count
  • Candy Apple Sticks - 1 per student
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Plastic Bags - 1 per student
  • Paper Towels
  • Water Containers


Step 1
  1. Make a preliminary drawing on a paper the same size as the clay tablet you are going to create.
  2. A good size is 15 cm x 15 cm (6" x 6").
  3. Begin by drawing a 1.5 cm (.5 ") border around the outer edge of the paper.
  4. Make the drawing fit inside the border of the paper.
Step 2
  1. Place a small lump of air dry clay on a plastic placemat.
  2. Begin to make a slab by flattening the clay with the tips of your fingers.
  3. Roll the slab smooth with a rolling pin or dowel.
  4. Keep the thickness of the clay even and about 1.5 cm (.5") thick.
Step 3
  1. Place the drawing on top of the slab of clay.
  2. Use a ruler to trim the sides of the clay.
Step 4
  1. Use a ruler to press into the clay to form lines for the border.
Step 5
  1. Use a dull pencil or candy apple stick to trace your drawing onto the clay.
Step 6
  1. Use a gouging tool, or popsicle stick to carve away clay from the background of your design.
  2. Dig about halfway down into the clay.
Step 7
  1. Add clay to the surface to build up the forms.
  2. Add details and textures by adding clay or carving into the clay so the main forms stand out against a low background.
Step 8
  1. Use a ruler to straighten up the outer edges of the tablet.
Step 9
  1. Place the tablet inside a plastic bag with a piece of slightly damp paper towel to allow it to dry slowly.
  2. Leave the bag open.
  3. Remove the tablet from the bag after 2 days.
  4. Allow the clay tablet to dry in the open air for 2 more days.
Step 10
  1. Use watercolours to paint the tablet.
Step 11
  1. Use a variety of colours to add interest and contrast to your tablet.
  2. View your work with fresh eyes.
  3. What do you like best about your tablet? Why?
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Social Studies,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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