I used Mexal White air dry clay from Laguna with students to create these suns.
I gave each student a ball of clay about the size of a tennis ball. We talked about how to make it into a sun:
How do you flatten it? with your whole hand or your palm? Depends on the artist.
Do you pinch, cut or press to make the edges? Depends on the artist.
Do you add patterns or a face? Depends on the artist.
I told them the only “rules” were that they had to make a sun, they needed to make sure that the clay was not too thin, they could not get any clay in the sink or on the carpet and they had to have their name on their art.
They made their sun however they wanted to. After a few attempts, I realized it was best for me or a parent to write their name and double check the hole in the top so it could be hung up later.
We used Jazz Gloss Tempera Paint to paint them. I bought a set of regular colors and a set of metallics.