Things You'll Need
- Green modeling clay
- White, black and yellow modeling clay, optional
Molding with clay benefits children and adults alike. Clay offers children the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills. Adults develop their sense of creativity and reduce stress through molding with clay. According to the counseling staff at Aurora University, playing with clay helps reduce stress and can be part of steps to maintain a healthy heart. Turn a clump of green clay into a crocodile and offer your body valuable benefits at the same time.
Roll a stick of clay into a cylinder 4 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. Stretch and taper one end to create the tail. Pinch out four stubby legs underneath the crocodile's body. Flatten and widen just slightly the area where the crocodile's head meets the body. Pinch two small bumps where the eyes will go. Taper and round out the snout.
Flatten the base of each leg to create a foot. Pinch out five toes for the front two feet and four toes for the hind feet. Gently pinch throughout the crocodile's back and tail to create the body armor. Round out the two bumps on top of the head near the neck to create eyes. Draw a line around the snout for the mouth using a toothpick.
Roll tiny cylinders of white clay to place in the drawn line of the mouth. Affix the teeth with glue if the clay is beginning to dry. Roll and flatten two tiny balls of yellow clay to place over each eye bump. Roll and flatten a black cylinder and pinch the ends to create an oval. Place the black oval in the center of each yellow eyeball to create the pupil.
Miska Rynsburger began her career as a writer in 2009 by authoring a book titled "It's Time to Play Outside." She is a former elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Miska holds a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Hope College and a master's degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.