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Kids Craft: Clay Ribbon Necklace

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This is a really fun activity to do with preschool and young school aged kids.

It’s great for pre-writing skills by using a lot of small pincher type movements in their chubby little hands. It’s also a pretty handmade gift for a mother, grandmother, or little friend. Keep reading to see how to make it!

 

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Supplies:

  • Scupley or other oven-baking clay
  • String
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Scotch Tape (optional)
  • Chopstick
  • A cute kid

 

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We were making this necklace for a niece of mine so my son picked out a few colors he thought she’d like in her necklace

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Break off a piece and show your child how to roll it into a ball in their hand or for older children have them mold it into other kinds of shapes like cylinders or squares.

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We made a dozen or so shapes.

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Carefully poke a hole through the middle with your chopstick. You’ll probably have to reshape it a bit during and after this.

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Make sure the hole is large enough to fit the string through. Make it a bit bigger than you think you need just in case


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Set them on a baking dish and let them harden in the oven for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.

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After they’re out of the oven and cooled cut a piece of string long enough

altI put a piece of tape at the end to help my son string it through


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I also tied a loose knot on one side of the string and let him go to town stringing the beads on

 

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They’ll love this part of it and it’s great for pre-writing dexterity in their little fingers

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Tie a piece of ribbon in a knot with the string on each side. Now you’ve got a gorgeous handmade gift!