Air drying clay
Coloured beads (sequins/glitter/shells/small stones would also be effective)
This was so simple to set up & Minnie was able to independently create her candle holder from start to finish. First she chose the amount of clay she needed, & started to roll it into a ball(ish) shape.
She pushed the tealight into the clay & then she was ready to decorate it with her beads.
It was great to watch her hand-eye co-ordination & fine motor skills as she designed her candle holder.
The beads have to be pushed well into the clay otherwise they'll fall out once the holder is dry.
As you can see Minnie enjoyed this activity & spent almost an hour making her candle holders!
She even decorated the base - such a conscientious designer! ;-)
When she had finished we left them to dry overnight (taking the candle out)
Once dry we added the tealights again & they were ready to use.
Minnie wanted to have a candle burning in her room, so we swapped the candle for a battery operated tealight. Perfect for lighting a bedroom after a bedtime story!
We're using these to decorate our garden for a BBQ with friends tonight, but I suspect we'll be making more of these for family & friends soon.
For more reasons why we love clay check out Hooray for Clay
For an outdoor mosaic idea check out our Garden Sculpture