Published On: Thu, Dec 4th, 2014

Clay Echidnas

With a lump of clay and a pair of scissors, your kids can make the cutest of animal friends. These echidnas were made using air drying clay. We opted for the white clay with plans to paint them, but you can use terracotta if you don’t wish to paint. This activity also works well using playdough.

Mould the clay into a fat oval shape. You may need to add a touch of water to get a smooth surface.

Mould the clay into a fat oval shape. You may need to add a touch of water to get a smooth surface.

Score the body to define the head and quill area. You can use the scissors to do this.

Score the body to define the head and quill area. You can use the scissors to do this or a butter knife.

With scissors, make small snips in the clay to create a triangle shape to represent each quill ensuring you use the scissors to lift each quill slightly up before totally pulling the scissors out.

Snip into the clay to create a triangle shape for each quill then use scissors to lift quills slightly up.

 

Once your quills are done and you are happy with them, it's time to do your eyes and mouth.

Once your quills are done and you are happy with their shape, it’s time to create your echidnas eyes and mouth.

For the eyes and mouth you can simply use clay or be a little more creative with buttons, small stones and other materials.

For the eyes and mouth you can simply use clay or be a little more creative with buttons, small stones and other materials.

Your echidna should take around 24hours to dry. If especially fat expect it to take longer. Our echidna is going to live in our garden.

Your echidna should take around 24hours to dry. If especially fat expect it to take longer. Our echidna is going to live in our garden.

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