How to Make Clay Animals

Bored with rolling out plain old snakes? Here's a fun way to make a whole menagerie of critters with clay and poster board.


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You Will Need

  • Modeling clay in different colors
  • Heavyweight poster board
  • A pencil
  • Some crayons or markers
  • And scissors


  1. Step 1

    Shape body

    You can make any animal you like, of course, but let's start with a dog. Take a handful of clay and shape it into a ball for the dog's body.

  2. Step 2

    Make spots

    Use a different-colored clay to make spots for the dog's body.

  3. Step 3

    Draw features

    On the poster board, draw and color the dog's features.

  4. Step 4

    Cut out body parts

    Cut out the cardboard body parts.

  5. If you make body parts for several different animals, you can mix and match them to create a brand new species!

  6. Step 5

    Stick pieces into clay

    Stick the cardboard pieces into the clay and bark "hello" to your new friend. Ruff, ruff!

  7. The smallest dog ever known to live was a dwarf Yorkshire Terrier who was only 3.75-inches from nose to tail, and 2.8-inches tall.