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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.


  • 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.
  • Step 2: Make spots Use a different-colored clay to make spots for the dog's body.
  • Step 3: Draw features On the poster board, draw and color the dog's features.
  • Step 4: Cut out body parts Cut out the cardboard body parts.
  • TIP: If you make body parts for several different animals, you can mix and match them to create a brand new species!
  • Step 5: Stick pieces into clay Stick the cardboard pieces into the clay and bark "hello" to your new friend. Ruff, ruff!
  • FACT: 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.

You Will Need

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

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