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You Can Toucan Clay Sculpture Project

Time: 2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Self-Hardening Clay
Colossal Chenille Stems
Acrylic or Tempera Paint
Sculpting Tools

Use self-hardening clay to create your own toucan!


  • Step 1
    Give each student about 1 lb. of clay and divide into thirds.
  • Step 2
    Use two-thirds to make a pinch pot and turn it upside down (this makes up the bird's body).
  • Step 3
    Sculpt neck, head and beak from remaining clay (be sure to score clay when attaching to body), then use the tools to add details.
  • Step 4
    Add chenille stems as feathers.
  • Step 5
    Paint with acrylic or tempera and allow toucan to dry.

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