The Use Of Polymer Clay
To Help Children Improve Their Art Skills
By Garie Sim
Polymer clays are non-tonic,
durable man-made art modeling medium. It can be combined with
other materials, such as wood,
foils etc, to enhance creativity
in many art projects. The texture is similar to ceramic clay,
but it will not dry out when exposed to air.
Over hundreds of colours of polymer clay
are available in different brands. At the same time, you can
also create your own colour by adding oil
paint to the clay. There are unlimited possibilities in creating
arts pieces, recycling,
animation and toys with polymer
clay. Various types of polymer clay are available. For example,
liquid clay can transfer
images, some polymer clay that can create into moulds,
float on water and glows
in the dark, and there are others that can bake to become
bendable and flexible.
Polymer clay can be baked in toaster
oven or regular oven at 130º
C (275 º F), as compared to ceramic/earthen clays that
need to fire in the kiln at 816º C (1500 º F). The
completed art pieces can also be painted with air brush / art
brush, using acrylic paints or colour spray cans. This will further
enhance your clay creation.
Hardened clay can be sanded, carved, drilled, buffed and re-baked
to attach additional features. With the new improved formulation,
polymer clay now contains no common allergens. It is lead and
phthalate-free! Some brands are also added with natural
beeswax, making it closer to creating 'Green Clay'.
Learning various creative clay techniques and skills helps children
towards self-expression. It is a powerfully therapeutic
activity that helps to develop their minds and work towards
realizing any child's dream.
I have been in this area for more than 25
years. I have done intensive research, tests and experiments
on the benefits of children playing with clay. My study reveals
the versatility of the medium. It helps to promote children's
capacity to imagine, mould and create.
Playing with polymer gets children to exercise their eyes, hands
and fingers through kneading, shaping and sensing the shapes
they create. This will help improve their communicative skills,
reflexes reactions, social skills and cultivate positive self-image
Unlike traditional earthen clay used in pottery, the colourful
polymer clay encourages a child's sense of visual artistry. The
malleability of clay also creates a wonderful opportunity for
the child to exercise his or her imagination.
The key benefit of play clay in this succinct lays the foundation
for creative thinking in children. It can also help children
to focus and visualize better, and instill in them the necessary
life skill of problem-solving. Last, but not least, it will help
in promoting the initiative necessary for young
entrepreneurship and work towards
a more creative art society.
Make what you like to eat with Clay, is my best Play Day.
The Clay Park
Create a park with Clay and you can Play with the swan on
Water Crystal Gel pond everyday.
Clay can create anything and revived the Extinct.
Recycle Jet Plane
Come any closer to my Recycle Jet,........the Clay Pilot,
will shoot water on your face!
Who is more Kawaii?
How do you like my Craft? Wait till you see it float in water
and hover on Magnetic Power
Polar Bear On Gels
Clay with water Crystal Gel makes reallistic
Polar Bear Diorama
I tell you my secret, .............I'm afraid of Mummy
Rotating World Globe
He's got the whole world in his hands.........
Cute Fat Astro Kid
Too much Clay makes him cute, I hope he's still be
able to Fly.
Don't feed my clay elephant........unless, you have........
Polar Bear And Liquid
It's useless to eat me anyway, we will die together
because of Global Warming.
The Bear Container
You are welcome to donate plenty of money into my Clay
Tummy and Trolley
The Twelve Chinese Zodiac
Choose your Chinese Clay Zodiac Animal and I will.............
tell you all your Bad Fortune!
Oh! ..good....doggy......sit! .....sit!, ahhhh.....the glass tube
is just too slippery, I wish I'm a Spideycat.
Clay Plane And Clay Car
From Clay Plane to Clay Car, design direction with clay
will go very Far.
House Of The Magic Animals
Now you see me, now you don't, my House Of The Magic
Animals will create the Magic others don't.