Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Creating Home: A Program on Developing a Sense of Home Grounded in Faith for Grades K-1

Alternate Activity 2: Clay Animals

Part of Creating Home

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Clay or modeling dough
  • Small paper plates

Preparation for Activity

  • In the Resources section, under "Leader Resources," find a recipe for homemade modeling dough. Or, purchase clay or modeling dough that will air-dry.

Description of Activity

Children will create clay animals to lovingly understand their relationship to the animals that play roles in the central story, "How Coyote Stole Fire:" Chipmunk, Squirrel, Coyote and Frog.

Give each child a clump of clay. Show the children how the clay is easier to manipulate if you warm it with your hands. Remind children that the animals in the story included Coyote, Chipmunk, Squirrel, and Frog. Ask them to choose one of these animals to mold with clay.

Allow children to make their animals the way they want to, and to start over at any time, if they decide to try another animal. When their creation is complete, ask them to tell you about their animals. Place animals on small paper plates for children to take home.