Time needed: 15–20 minutes
Pottery is made from clay. With help from an adult, look at some pictures of pottery online. Do you have any pottery in your home? Have you ever seen pottery in a museum or an art gallery? You’re going to learn about pottery in the best way—by making your own!
For thousands of years, people have made pots from clay. Pots do more than hold flowers! People carry water, eat food, and drink with them. In this activity, you’ll make a simple pot called a pinch pot.
You can use your pot for decoration or to hold small things, like jewelry or coins. Don’t eat or drink from it, though! If you want to eat or drink from pottery, it needs to be glazed and fired. In pottery, firing means to bake the clay until it’s hardened. Clay is fired in very hot ovens called kilns.
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Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.