This is one of those tried and true clay projects for early childhood. It is very simple. You give the student a ball of clay and a paper towel. The student puts the paper towel over their knee and then pats the clay on top of their knee to create a “shell.” So easy and cute! I have video of children creating their turtle below.
I teach the children about attaching clay pieces with “scratch and slip.” I demonstrate how to make the “scratches” and then how to apply a bit of slip that is like glue.
STEP ONE: Knee Shells
STEP TWO: Adding Texture
STEP THREE: Adding the head and legs