This is a beautiful clay model of Ganesha, made by a std.II kid particpating in a clay modelling for kids competition, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. This idol is very easy to make. Moms can teach their kids to make a Ganesha idol out of modelling clay.
Resting Ganesha- Ganpati Bappa Morya.
Clay modelling ideas for kids – Sleeping Ganesha
Here is what you need:
1. Modelling clay – any color – preferably brown
2. Decorative materials like pearls or small sequins
3. Ice cream sticks for the mat
4. Acrylic colors
5. 2 toothpicks
For the mat
Take a few ice cream sticks. Paste them together with glue in a criss-cross fashion or in a chequered pattern. Let it dry. Paint the mat using acrylic colors.
For the clay Ganesha idol
Make balls out of clay. A small sized one for Ganesha’s head, a medium sized one for the torso, two for the legs, four small balls for the hands and one for the trunk. Fix the head to the torso with the toothpick. Keep this aside.
Make cylindrical pieces of the clay balls meant for the legs. Make the left leg rest on the ice cream stick mat. Curve the right leg at the knee and make it touch the left leg at the foot. Attach the torso to the legs. Make sure the stomach has a paunch and the legs are quite fat.
Make a crown out of some clay. Attach the crown to the head. Make cylindrical pieces of clay for hands and a curved piece for Ganesha’s trunk. Attach these hands to the body. Fix the trunk to the face. Use tiny pieces of modelling clay for the tusks, modak and a shankh(conch shell) to be placed in any two of the four hands. Note that sleeping Ganesha must rest on one hand as in the picture above.
Use a toothpick to carve three horizontal lines and a trishul on Ganesha’s forehead. Carve eyes and a few folds on the trunk. Paint these carved lines using dark colors.
Paint Ganesha’s dhoti with bright acrylic colors. Paint the folds in the dhoti with a darker color. For the jewellery, use tiny pearls or plain pulses like yellow tuar dal (split pigeon pea). Paint the crown in metallic gold or silver acrylic colors. I had metallic bronze color. On adding yellow, we got a neat golden yellow shade.
Allow your kids Ganesha idol to dry under the ceiling fan for a day or so.
Wishing you all a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!