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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 4. Step back, put on your facilitator hat, and let them play. (Note: Be considerate of the kids who need to wash their hands frequently because of sensory issues—and of the ones who think playing in the hand-washing bucket is just as much fun as the clay.) 5. When the children are done play- ing, cleanup is a cinch. Water and rags will clean up any clay mess, and you have two options for storing the clay. If you will use it again soon, wrap the clay snugly Ingredients 25-pound clump of natural clay (Note: Gray clay is less messy, but the red makes great “chocolate milk.”) Most hobby stores carry the stuff. Large, shallow tote (an under-the-bed storage tote works great) 3 feet of plastic lacing (for cutting the clay) Water (to keep the clay moist) Hand-washing bucket with water in a plastic bag, which will keep it moist and ready to go. If you will not use it again soon, leave the clay open to the air, which will cause it to dry into hard pieces. Then, when you do want to use it again, rehydrate it. Rehydration time will vary by type of clay. We recommend read- ing through some of the online clay and pottery forums for more clay ideas, tips, and tricks. More Play Adventures More Play Adventures • Add some tools. Try things like forks, spoons, knives, ice cream scoops, long- handled cheese graters, cookie cutters, chopsticks, scissors, hammers, large rocks (for pounding), bowls, cups, putty knives, spatulas, or string. • Add some doodads. Try things like beads, buttons, Legos, toy dinosaurs, toy bugs, pipe cleaners, wooden blocks, toy cars, fuzzy pom-poms, bits of fabric, or hunks of leather. • Add some mess. Try things like baking soda and vinegar, liquid watercolor, ices cubes, or glitter. • Rehydrate dry clay. It’s an amazing process. Let the kids add water to hunks of completely dry clay and then watch the hunks turn back into wet clay. Or instead of rehydrating random hunks of dry clay, have the kids make sculp- tures with wet clay, let the sculptures dry completely, and then add water to rehydrate. • Make beads. You must use bakeable polymer clay for this, not natural clay. (It comes in lots of cool colors and is easy to find online.) There are two easy ways COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 7