She already made a set of marbles with her troop, but she wanted to try and make fancier multi-colored ones. So Julia bought a big container of air-dry clay and a packet of food coloring. We broke off a few pieces, added coloring, and soon had pink, green, blue, and yellow clay.
First, she rolled out the clay into long skinny “snakes.”
Then she twirled a pair of “snakes” together.
She rolled the “twists” together, and then broke them off into small pieces. The she rolled each piece into a ball.
When she was done she had two sets of marbles with one shooter for each.
We let them air-dry overnight and played a game the next afternoon.
Clay marbles don’t shoot like glass ones, so my well-honed marble-playing skills were mostly useless. We ended up rolling them and she won.
But they looked nice and played about as well as the marbles kids made on the trail. It was a fun activity for all of us and Anna is now halfway to her Oregon Trail Brownie badge!