Kids Clay Donut Art

For whatever the reason(s) may be (and I had started with a pretty long list in draft i decided not to air LOL), I just cannot seem to organize a darn thing anymore: my thoughts, my words, my blog posts, nothing. I am completely frustrated and all over the place at this point but, I have been itching for weeks to share our latest projects with you all.

This small project was so simple and quick with colorful results. One those activities that will bring together multi-aged groups of kids, to the table for some creative time!


+ AMACO Sculptamold modelling clay bag
{ We ordered ours via as in Canada. If you follow links to US bloggers, you’ll find much cheaper better pricing }
+ water
+ mixing bowl {we use our designated clay mixing glass bowl}
+ kids art deco items like sequins glue donut colored acrylic paints for base, gesso *optional, any other colors for icing of your choice. { we Googled for inspiration results here}
+ PLUS, Puffy Paint: the most important * material *

+ follow simple directions on bag
+ mix two parts clay, to one part water. Do not over water!
+ silicone donut molds { for my US readers I found these } Whatever shape you do chose,
* Keep your selection simple as its easier for kids to complete. I added a thin PAM Oil Cooking Spray layer to our molds for easy removal.


It is difficult however not to end up with air bubbles (or tiny missing spaces) within your finished product. I found it added to the authentic look of the donut though.

When filling, we pushed, stuffed, jammed, and even added moistened fingers ( wet with water) while kinda forcing the mixture, into the molds. The slightly wet-fingered pressing, gives a close to smooth finish to the donuts exterior as well.

Sculptamold starts to dry after 30 minutes kinda like Plaster Paris. To prevent longer drying times from sitting in the silicone overnight, and so children could get to the decorating already: I pulled out the donuts out after 45 minutes of the mixture settling.

{ * The first time I tried project alone, the donut was still moist along bottom for days, from leaving it to dry IN molds! }

NOW, time to get out the acrylic paints of donutish colors for decorating! { You can also use white gesso as a base }

NOTE: This clay post of mine, was directly inspired byAna at her creative children’s art and activities blog: Babble Dabble Do. Check out about Ana, and her added nature twist, to her simple Sculptamold Fruit Bowls art project for kids, done with her own children. { be sure to visit the post for more kid fun inspiration! }

Now, Mom! Let the kids put too much, overflowing glop. It will DRY! YES, even our $1.00 for 3pk of cheap puffy paint from Dollarama dried fully after 24hours!

Here’s the kids version:

See, drippy goopy sticky ooey-gooey yummy, sloppy, or perfectly positioned, donut icing. It truly makes the project.

VISIT: ROCKIN’ ART FOR KIDS!. You will find, plenty of their own and other bloggers, kids activities surrounding art; plus a multitude of genius Summer fun ideas, for you to share with your kids.


BEWARE: Your world of ideas for measly “arts ‘n’ crafts” is about to be blown out of the waters! Hang On & Have Fun!

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A Blue Bathtime

A little bath time trick I have been meaning to share with my mommy blogger friends, for few weeks now!

In our house, we use NEON food coloring for everything: from french toast, cupcakes, baking; and now, bathtubs. I know right!
The children will love watching the designs of the food coloring, slowly form and expand; before dissolving and blending, creating the full blue tub!
Who knew!? ;)

Did I take a risk staining my child and our (renters) bath tub–YES! Which Mother with a cranky child wouldn’t? The result, NO stains, a smiling and happy child now, a non-blue, non-stinky child, clean tub; and a calm Mom…


I have a slightly temperamental 4 year old (but who doesn’t at some point). Its part genetics, part experience, and partly my fault but, I take full responsibility, in assisting her to work through those frustrating moments; and my own. One technique is a warm bath. Sometimes she refuses and that’s when I had to practise what a mentor mom I have calls: “Creative Parenting”. Not just 1 thing works every time there’s a meltdown. So, when 1 stops helping, I have to creatively come up with another! That’s how the colored bath time was born:

Heres the specs:

don’t use coloring until water is done running: it just dissipates if use before tub full.

-I would suggest maximum 6 drops. depending on the size of the tantrum.

-buy a package of different colors, especially the NEON. keep them on hand in kitchen for tantrums and sleepless nights. the kids are going to ask for more!


And, for fussy bathers–If you use colored bathtimeonce, the kids will be asking to bathe!

We can always use more fresh ideas Moms! Please, share with us your tantrum calm down techniques,in the ‘Leave A Reply’ section below:

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