This was a really fun, easy way to let some of my youngest students experience clay and the process of kiln firing, as well as making their own textures.
I just rolled out a big slab and cute everyone about a 2 1/2" disk. Gave them a few tools, like popsicle-sticks :), and showed them how to make a Christmas tree. They were fired and then I let them go at painting.
Something that really helped give them an extra pop was that we dipped them in a wash of their choice, green or red, to help fill in the cracks and to moisten the bisque-ware to help the paint glide on more smoothly.
Everyone was all smiles!