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A Rainbow of Clay Will Add Color to Your Day

Looking for an easy afternoon craft? This cheerful clay rainbow requires minimal supplies and is easy for little hands to complete.

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To make:  Purchase air dry clay in rainbow colors. Roll the clay for the innermost layer (purple) into a noodle shape. Repeat noodle shapes for each color, adding more clay with each layer. Stack the layers together in the shape of a rainbow. Next, flatten out white clay and mold it into simple cloud shapes. Stick the clouds to the rainbow and let the clay dry according to package directions. For more fun, make extra shapes like a pot of gold or sunshine. With leftover clay, kids can knead colors together to make different shades and shapes. Manipulating clay is great for developing fine motor skills.

—Craft and photo by Makayla Shartle, who shares creative lifestyle ideas on her blog Makayla and Co.

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