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Clay Lizard




Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate to Advanced

Appropriate for:
Science Project, Every Day and Rainy Day Activities

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour, plus drying time for clay (overnight needed), glitter glue and paints.


Materials Needed:

  • ACTIVA® Activ-Clay™
  • Elmer’s® Classic Glitter Glue – Yellow, Blue, Red, Green, Purple and Pink
  • Assorted Acrylic Paint Pots


  • Lizard template; Non-Stick Craft Sheet; Clay Roller or old rolling pin no longer used for food, Plastic Knife; Paper Plate; Paint Brush; Water Basin; Paper Towels; Zipper Storage Bag; Found Objects to create texture in clay – plastic fork, beads, bottle cap, buttons, spool, cork, etc.

Pattern: (right click and choose "Save As" to download to your system)
Lizard Pattern

STEP 1:  Tear off a fist sized piece of clay and form it in to a large oval, with your hands, until it is approximately 1/8” thick on your craft sheet.  Use the clay roller to smooth it out.

STEP 2:  Place template over clay and cut out shape with plastic knife.  Smooth any rough edges with your fingers.  NOTE:  make sure to store remaining clay in an air-tight container or zipper storage bag.

STEP 3:  Create texture and pattern in clay Lizard with Found Objects.  Let clay air dry overnight.  NOTE:  Flip clay lizard over several times during drying process to retain shape.

STEP 4:  Paint Lizard with assorted Classic Glitter Glue and Acrylic Paints, let dry.

STEP 5:  Use Glitter Glue to create a sealing topcoat for the Lizard.  Apply to the Lizard with a paint brush, let dry.  NOTE:  This will seal the Lizard. 

Use your Lizard as a Paper Weight or attach Magnets to the back to display on the refrigerator!

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