Mud Activities and Games for Kids

Play With Clay for Kids

Learn to play with clay on this page. Clay is soil that's made of very tiny bits of minerals and other elements. These tiny bits stick together, packing so close that they keep out water. That's what makes clay squishy and stretchy. There is natural clay all over the earth. See if you can find clay near you, and enjoy these play-with-clay activities for kids.

What You'll Need:

  • A small shovel

Step 1: Start by asking people who garden what they know about natural clay. They can tell you if there's a lot of it around. You'll have to dig for it -- clay is usually under the topsoil.

Step 2: When you find something that you think might be clay, try rolling a piece of it into a ball. (You may need to add some water.) If it holds its shape, like modeling clay, it's clay.

Step 3: Clean all the rocks, leaves, twigs, and other debris out of the clay. Then use it to make a small pot. Pots made from natural clay aren't completely waterproof, but they can last a long time if you're careful with them.

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