This project is perfect for elves of all ages: the Sculpey clay is easy to shape into creepy critters, small signs, and other adorable plant markers. Your child can gift-wrap a couple of them together with a few seed packs or present them in a small potted plant.
Have your child start with a small piece of the clay, kneading it until it is soft and easy to work with. For plant pals like our smiling worm, have her roll the clay between her palms to create a smooth, thick rope. She can then bend the rope into a curvy worm shape, round the head slightly, and pinch the tail to a point.
Help her use a toothpick to poke in eyes and a mouth and mount the shape on a craft stick. The clay should sit securely on top of the stick like a Popsicle.
For a message-bearing rock like our love stone, poke holes with a toothpick to form each letter, then drag the toothpick through the poked holes, or use uninked rubber stamps to print the message.
Lay the completed designs on a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 275° oven for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness. Cool on a wire rack.