MAKING FACES – Modeling Clay Magnets

Students use modeling clay to create face magnets and explore how facial expressions give us clues about how people are feeling.

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MAKING FACES – Modeling Clay Magnets


  • Crayola Modeling Clay 1lb, Classic Colours
  • Various Clay Tools
  • Plastic Placemat
  • Canning Snap Lids
  • Magnets


Step 1
  1. Choose a background colour.
  2. Flatten a small amount of it onto the snap lid.
  3. Smooth it out with your fingers to make a thin layer that covers the lid.
Step 2
  1. Make a small ball of modeling clay in a face colour.
  2. Press it between your fingers to make a flat shape for the face.
Step 3
  1. Press the shape firmly onto the background to make sure it sticks.
  2. Repeat this process for the neck and shirt.
Step 4
  1. Decide how you want to make the eyes, for example,
    - Make two balls of clay in contrasting colours, one larger than the other.
    - Stick the large ball to the face. Place the small ball on top of it.
    - Poke the small ball with a pencil to join the two pieces and make the pupil of the eye.
Step 5
  1. Decide how you want to make the hair, for example,
    - Make several small balls of clay.
    - Pinch them into the teardrop shape.
    - Stick them to the top of the head
Step 6
  1. Decide what expression you want to make.
  2. Remember the cues that help express that emotion.
  3. Add enough details to make it easy to tell how your person is feeling.
  4. Add lots of pattern and texture to make the design more interesting.
  5. When you are satisfied with your design stick a small magnet to the back.
  • Subjects:

    • Grades:

      • Grade 1,

      • Grade 2,

      • Grade 3,

      • Grade 4,

      • Grade 5,

      • Grade 6,

      • Grade 7,

      • Grade 8

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