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Clay Made Coral Reef

Posted by LeLe Sims on

When I think of exploratory art making, I think of ways that we can get to recreate what nature already provides as inspiration. In this case we learned about the underwater world starting with corals.

Corel reef sculpture

Living in South Florida we've seen bits and pieces of coral wash ashore. These living organisms are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems and to learn about it we decided to create our own clay model using what we found at the beach. 

Coral Reef Clay Play 

Overfishing and destructive fishing, pollution and all things that cause a change in the ocean chemistry are all taking a huge toll on coral reefs. A big reason why ocean literacy needs to start young. And what better time to engage and inspire ocean advocates than childhood.

Coral Reef Play 

Time: 20 minutes Ages: Toddlers + Difficulty: Easy 


Supply List

  • Drift Wood
  • Modeling Dough
  • Seashells
  • Loose parts (beads, bottle caps etc)


Drift wood used as base for clay model



  • Tell me about what you made.
  • I wonder if our local coral reef has all these colors. What do you think?
  • What colors did you use? Can you find these same colors in nature?


Please tag me in your creations on Instagram and FB and use the hashtag #EXPLORERARTLAB to spread the word. We hope you enjoy this activity and thank you for being part of our community to grow "Everyday Creative Explorers". 

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