I am so happy with how these clay animals turned out! I am going to be presenting “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn to my kindergarten classes in a few weeks (as a story play). I was having a lot of trouble finding or making raccoon figures. I decided to try Crayola Model Magic grey clay. I roughly molded the body of a mother raccoon and a smaller child. I found the clay quite easy to work with and am happy with the result. The mother raccoon is just under 3 inches tall.
When they were dry, I covered them in glue. I really wanted them to look like they had fur/hair so I cut chunky yarn into really small pieces. I then stuck the yarn onto my critters.
Once the glue was dry, I cut the black raccoon mask out of felt. I used felt for the ears, nose and tail stripes as well. Hot glue worked best to keep the felt stuck.
Once everything was dry, my raccoons were done! I can’t wait to use these clay animals as characters in my story play, but for now, my kids are enjoying playing with them at home. I like the idea of using the clay for animals, but I love adding the extra fuzzy look with the yarn. I will be making many more of these critters in the future!