Clay is one of those mediums that students always love. The 5th grade really wanted a day to 'play' with clay and make their own creations. So I showed an example of how to make a monster pinch pot, but then let the students choose if that is what they wanted to create or if they wanted to go their own way. I do think these little monsters are very cute.
Other students used skills they had learned in past clay lessons to create a variety of fun things. So there was everything from bowls like these to light sabers and robots. Again I gave students the choice of painting of glazing these pieces so there was a huge mix of projects in the end, but most kiddos walked away happy with a project that was uniquely theirs.