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ELC Bits & Basics Coloured Air Drying Clay

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Brand: ELC / Type: Clay / Age: 3 Years+

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      12.11.2010 18:19
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      A great product but the uncoloured variety is an even better deal.

      I actually bought this tub of clay by mistake. I had planned to buy the 2.5 k bucket of uncoloured clay, which is very much the same as this. In fact the only differences I can find is that this clay is just a bit darker grey and you get .5 k less for the same price. Although it is shown above at £7.89 from ebay, you can pick up a bucket of either for £5 at ELC.

      I really think clay is one of the basics for an art cabinet. It has so many uses. My children have made 5 little ducks, like the story, crocodiles, cookie cutter shapes and just hand prints which were later painted. You can roll out a flat section and use a small pointed stick ( kebab sticks work perfectly to etch a design which can later be painted, use clay to create a diorama for a Christmas or story scene, or just squish it up, make all sorts of shapes and then put it back in the bucket.

      One item we made last Christmas and will make again this year is clay gingerbread men. You simply roll out the dough, use a cookie cutter for the shape, punching a small hole in the head for a string, dry and paint. The resulting decoration will be a bit heavy, but they still look lovely across a mantle or hanging on a sturdy tree branch. You can also make stars, snowmen, penguins, or whatever you like really with a hole cut into the middle about 1 1/2" inches or more. Then after the decoration has been dried and painted you place a photo in the back making a lovely photo frame. You can fit powerful magnets in the back ( they must be powerful due to weight - I suggest neodymium), make a hole and string to hang this, or a small stand to hold it upright. I think these make lovely gifts for children to make and give friends and family.

      But the great thing about clay, is there is no limit to the things you can make, the possibilities are endless.
      I have found this clay to be rather messy with my sons, but it has easily washed up with water from wood floors, a leather suite, curtains, clothes and hair. I would really recommend ELC clay but am giving this variety only 4 stars simply because you can buy the larger bucket of uncoloured clay at the same price.

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