Here’s a few simple steps on how to make a slab pot for kids. We had fun doing these…especially the kids. I think they enjoyed it so much because they got messy (the particular clay we used is messy). I think they also enjoyed it because it was a bit of a challenge.

Slab Pot Materials

  • Clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Butter knife
  • Tiles (optional)
  • Toothpick (optional)

How to make a slab pot steps

1. We used Mexican red clay. This stuff air dries, but you can really use any clay. If you use air drying clay, your kids can leave them out for a couple days then actually use them as pots.

2. Cut a chunk off, and let your kid roll it into a ball. The bigger the chunk the bigger the pot. So use your judgement on how big it’ll be.

3. Use a rolling pin to flatten out the clay. You don’t want the clay too thin or too thick. If the clay is too thin it will have a hard time standing up as a wall. Thicker is better, but the thicker the clay the longer it will take to dry.

4. Using a butter knife cut out 5 squares, roughly the same size as each other. For kids, it really doesn’t matter if they’re slightly different sizes.

5. Use one square as the base of the pot.

6. Add the other squares as walls to the pot.

7. Now use your finger to smooth out and fill in the cracks between each slab corner. Show your kids how to do this on one corner, then let them do the rest.

8. With a toothpick or sharp pencil draw designs on the walls of the pot.

That’s it! That’s how to make a slab pot for kids. Super easy, right?!

Additional ideas for making a slab pot

We picked up a pack of these mosaic tiles for an extra decoration.

We also used them to kind of measure out the size of each square, by pressing them into the clay before cutting.

Also you can roll little snakes to help fill in the corner cracks.

And lastly, be sure to have your kids write their name on the bottom of their pot…it wouldn’t hurt to also put the date ;)

When you’re all done making the pots, let your kids use the scraps to make what ever they want.

  • This looks so fun! I remember making these in elementary school. I love the tiles. This would make a perfect pencil holder for your desk ;)

    • Rob

      Ha, you’re so right…I should’ve thought of that!

  • Naomi

    This looks awesome! I’m so going to try it!

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