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air dry clay flower pressing


I have so much love for this activity. It was so simple, kids loved it and so very satisfying. One they could get on and do without them asking me to stick, glue or do bits for them. They were just in their mindful flow.  My littlest is only two and he LOVED this, as did my seven and five year olds. 

All you need is: 

  • Air dry clay (we used this one from Amazon
  • Flower, grass, weed, any natural pickings in all different shapes, sizes and textures

Non essential bits we used:

  • Baking parchment
  • Water colour paints 
  • Pencil to make holes to hang 
  • String for hanging

All we did was roll out the clay to  about 3/4 mm thickness – we used baking parchment so it didn’t stick to the table. The children then chose their flowers, grasses, petals, leaves and pushed them into the clay so they made an imprint.  Some pushed in better than others but if you don’t like the results, you can just smooth over the clay.

We made a couple of holes in the top with a pencil so we could hang them up with string when finished. 

We then left the flowers in for a couple of hours before slowly peeling them off.  The imprints were just INCREDIBLE. So much detail. I think my favourite was all the veins from a back of a leaf on my littest’s.

The clay took about 24 hours to dry. My oldest painted hers with IKEA water colour paints and it looks absolutely incredible! Kids loved it, so satisfying and totally plastic free!

We definitely ticked the focus, creative and mindful boxes with this activity. Such a lovely one! I would love to know if you give it a go – please do tag me on social media #effieandrosmindfulart. I was inspired by the lovely @grays_at_play on Instagram for this activity so do check out her page, it’s brilliant. 

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