I’ve been inspired with the marble “ring bowls” people have been making with Sculpey clay. I love the marble look of these bowls but I don’t have a purpose for them myself.
Since I have been looking to buy some classic Montessori/Waldorf toys, I thought if there was a way I could do an art project with my toddler, make a Montessori toy, and have something beautiful.
That’s how I came up these Montessori marble bowls with matching string beads.
I was so impressed with my son who followed the directions from this post. He’s almost three years old and the directions are simple enough to follow. There’s also no mess in coloring the clay or painting (I did the gilded edges myself).
There are several elements of learning your child experiences on top of the fun and satisfaction of making your own toys! What your toddler learns:
Mixing colors – color theory
Baking – adult supervision of course
Creating something from start to finish
How to make Montessori inspired marbled colored bowls with matching balls
Here’s a video in hyperlapse speed – it’s my first ever video, so be kind!
What you need:
Scupley clay in different colors (affiliate links!)
Large block of sculpey clay in white, 8oz
Bowls to shape with – they should be oven safe Gold pen or gold paint to paint the trim
Bamboo skewers to make the holes in the balls
1. With a knife, cut out a large block of white clay.
2. Cut out small blocks of 3-4 color clays. If you look at the video, I cut out a pretty small piece, 1/4in thick. You don’t need much color to give the bowl that beautiful marbled look.
I let the kiddo choose the colors and encouraged him to pick 2-3 similar colors and one contrasting color. We are currently in a phase where everything is “orange” or “green” even though he knows the colors are different. Hahaha!
3. Roll out each block of clay into a snake. Yes, that is the technical term.
4. Combine the snakes with the white clay into a super snake.
5. Roll and twist the super snake. Then twist the snake into a ball and roll it out again. I figured out to get that beautiful marbling effect is to roll out and squish into a ball a few times. If you look at the photo, we only lightly twisted the purple bowl – it has more of a mid-century modern look. You know, if you feel like work with 20th century art styles with your little one.
6. With a rolling pin, roll out the bowl to an 1/8th” thick.
7. Use bowl to trim dough.
8. Fit clay dough into bowl.
9. Bake according to the Sculpey instructions. It will be around 15-20 minutes.
10. Let cool down. You can paint the bowl to seal and gloss or leave it as it.
11. Paint the edges with gold, silver, or nothing at all! Up to you. You can see I haven’t done this yet, but I will!
The bowls are delicate, we already cracked one (but hey, there’s glue), but they are a hit in the house. Our son loves stringing them and cooking with them.
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Like so many moms, I have been trying to find myself since having children (almost three years ago). What I want to do, how much I want to work, who I want to be, etc. I’ve run my own company the past few years and am now winding it down because I just don’t have time anymore. I love it as a passion but it’s not a money maker.
Every once in a while I get a contract or short job in digital marketing (my bread and butter) and I love it. The hours are flexible and work is in my scope. But then even the hours I work, i feel stressed for time elsewhere with a 2 y o and 6 month old in tow. Even though my toddler is in daycare full time, I still feel like a hot mess.
I’ve had to learned to do the biggest thing last/this year and focus on myself and my family. I’ve learned to love all the insane moments, the beautiful moments, the awful moments. Even when my son is in full meltdown mode, I know that he is only this small once; and I am his guardian to guide him along the way in this hectic life. It sounds like a bunch of juju, but I want to enjoy these moments and in 20 years, look back at the memories. But I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing, or if it even matters.
I also learned how easy my body becomes exhausted from postpartum injury (pelvis) and my asthma. I feel there are days it takes me 8 hours to get a load of laundry done, do the dishes, make dinner, clean toys, take care of baby, pick up toddler. And by 9pm I’m asleep.
My husband is amazing and he does a lot at home. I can’t complain there at all. And he’s totally pro me going to work or staying home – it’s my decision.
I look at the moms in this group and I’m in awe. You are all role models to be reckoned with. Maybe I just need a hug and need to know it’s okay that I don’t work for a couple years. Or maybe I need to get a move on and start working. I don’t know. Or maybe I just need chocolate. Hahaha.