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Meet Our Neighbours: Play with Clay


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Veronica, Queen's Square | May 26, 2020

I remember racing home as a kid so I could watch Art Attack. I loved Neil Bruchanan and was amazed at what he could make with common items found around the house. I still remember the episode that taught me how to make pop up talking cards from construction paper and quickly started making my own. Then I wanted to learn how to make different types of cards, so I went to the library and found a craft book called Easy to Make Pop Ups by Joan Irvine (free online digital book from google). I ended up making every card from that book. As an adult I still enjoy crafting. I look forward carving out some downtime each week to work on my projects.  

One of things I love about my job is coming up with fun crafting stations for our Mini Makers program. It is a lot of fun figuring out different ways we can create art. My motto is, “the messier the better”. I have been lucky enough to work with Play with Clay for our few of our Mini Maker programs. I love hosting them because it is wonderful to see them helping kids take their piece of clay and mold it into an amazing creation!  

Play with Clay is a wonderful bustling local business found in the Galt downtown core. There is always something fun to do in their space from pottery painting, clay building or taking one of their workshops. You will not be disappointed. I built (or tried to build) a Christmas Tree last year at one of their workshops with my cousin, and it was a fabulous way to spend our Friday night. I love taking my friend’s kids to their space to do some pottery painting. They stare at the wall of pottery options with awe and have the hardest time choosing what to paint. So do I for that matter. This video gives you a quick look at their wonderful selection.

Play with Clay is still open! You can order a kit to take home and paint. Check out their helpful video demo of different painting techniques that you can do from home to take your painting to the next level. They do front door delivery and now you can pick up your pre-existing fired pottery and drop of your pottery for firing. Go to their website or Instagram page for more information.  

Looking for different resources for crafting with your little ones? Here are some of our favourites:  

  • A wonderful blog filled with fun crafts, experiments, and other messy activities for kids: Messy Little Monsters  
  • Looking for a fun kids show to watch? Check out Artzooka on Kanopy Kids.
  • Running low on craft supplies? Try this slide show that shows you 8 craft supplies you can make at home.

Happy crafting!

Meet Our Neighbour series is all about introducing you to local businesses, makers, and performers, as well as some additional resources from our collection.