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Clay Aztec Art for Kids

I love incorporating various subjects together! It allows us to better immerse in the subject, gain a better understanding of the subject matter, and allows us to minimize busy work and leave more time for play! So as studied early explorers and early civilizations we decided to learn more about the Aztecs by making this fun Clay Aztec art. This  fun clay art ideas is perfect for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

learn more about the Aztecs by making this fun Clay Aztec art. This  fun clay art ideas is perfect for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

Clay Aztec Art

Learn more about the ancient Aztec civilization that who were a warrior tribe that lived in Mexico in the 1300s with this fun hands-on Aztec activities for kids. We love lots of clay art ideas for you to explore clay Aztec Art with your kindergartens, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.

In history we have been talking about early explorers for kids – the Conquistadors and their relationship/impact on the native Aztecs (they conquered and wiped them out). We learned a lot & had a LOT of fun – see my Early Explorers post for more on that.  So we decided to create art like the Aztecs did. They aren’t exactly a Famous Artist like the others we’ve studied, but they definitely had a lot of beautiful, unique art in their culture.  PLUS this gave us a chance to explore art made with clay!

 

Clay Art Ideas

We kneaded the clay a couple minutes until it was ready to roll into ropes.
Early Explorers Aztec Clay Art for Kids
Then using the Aztec technique we wrapped the rope around like a cinnamon roll. Once we had the cinnamon roll base we continued using pieces of rope to stack up on the sides.
Early Explorers Aztec Clay Art for Kids
Next we smoothed out the sides making sure there were no gaps between layers of rope.

Early Explorers Aztec Clay Art for KidsAztec Art for Kids

Then we added decorations to the pot. We added monkey (typical for Aztec pots) and a bear (my kiddos favorite animal). We made the pieces and then pressed them on the pot.
Early Explorers Aztec Clay Art for Kids
After allowing the pots to dry completely (48+ hours) we painted the outside black with acrylic paint.
Early Explorers Aztec Clay Art for Kids
Here is our finished product and what an Aztec finished product looked like.

Early Explorers Aztec Clay Art for Kids 
This is such a fun aztec art projects for students in elementary school.

Early Explorers Aztec Clay Art for Kids

Aztec Sun for Kids

I’m sure you’ve seen it in a museum at some point. Clay suns are still made in Mexico in a place called Metepec by the Nahua Indians, who are descendants of the Aztecs
Again we kneaded the clay slightly and then divided the dough into 3 parts (each a little smaller than the pile before). Out of the biggest pile we made a circle that was tallest in the middle.
Early Explorers Aztec Clay Art for Kids
Then out the middle pile we divided it into 8 equal parts and made triangles. We pressed it carefully around the circle. Then we used a pencil to create the lines on the triangles.
Aztec Sun Clay ARt for Kids - Homeschool History Project

Finally we took the smallest pile and rolled it into a thin rope. We created the facial features you see below and carefully pressed them on the sun. We allowed it to air dry 24-48 hours and TADA!

Make learning about Inca for kids simple and fun with these free printable Inca coloring pages. Simply print the Inca coloring sheets to let preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and other elementary ages students read, color, and learn! There is lots of intersting Inca information about their culture and people. If you are learning about the Mayan Empire, you will love adding these free Mayan Notebooking Pages to your study. These handy Mayan printable pages have helpful boxes and cute clipart to guide students to record the facts they learn when studying the Mayan culture. Use these free printable Maya worksheets with elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders to learn all about the mayan tribe and the history of the world through studying different cultures and their way of life. Simply print the mayan civilization worksheets pdf and you are ready to play and learn about this ancient civilization of meso america! These Inca Pennants are perfect for helping kids learn about the inca civilization that thrived in South America over a thousand years ago! Using these incas printables your children in kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade can learn all about the life and culture of the Incas who occupied the Andes Mountains. Simply print, add inca facts and you are ready to display what you learned on the walls for a fun Ancient Civilizations of MesoAmerica history unit or report. Make learning about Aztecs for kids simple and fun with these free printable Aztec coloring pages. Simply print the Aztec coloring sheets to let preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and other elementary ages students read, color, and learn! There is lots of intersting Aztec information about their culture and people.

Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica

Learning about ancient civilizations? We have lots of resources to teach kids about the Inca tribe, Aztec Civilization, and Mayan Empire!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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