- Ceramic Tools
- Popsicle Stick (one for each child)
- Plastic Ziploc Bag (one for each child, for storage)
My kids love making these ceramic whistles. I think it may have to do with the fact that they are functional. I didn't have the best opportunity to take pictures for step-by-step directions, as we all know how messy doing a ceramic lesson may be.
It did take me a solid 5 quarters or so to really get the method and procedure down. Here are some links that explain the process I did:
I like doing this project, too, because the kids really can almost make anything they want. It just has to have a mostly bulbous shape.
A few key pointers:
- The mouthpiece needs to be flat when connected to the whistle.
- When carving out the airhole, you should be able to see inside the hollow whistle. If you see clay instead of an empty hole, it most likely will not work.
- The angle created really needs to be at 45 degrees. The biggest issue I saw most of my students have trouble with is making sure that 45 degree angle doesn't curve inside the whistle. It really needs to be a sharp, slanted angle.
- I keep the popsicle stick inside when trying to make the 45 degree angle- take out when testing- and then place back inside for the ENTIRE project until each student is absolutely done and is ready to start drying out. This helps keep the mouthpiece in place once it is working. Once they "lose" it, it's hard to get back.
- To store unfinished projects, I place in a plastic bag, squeeze out the air, roll and tuck- sometimes spraying with a water bottle or wrapping with a wet paper towel.
(I apologize for all these italics, Blogger is being weird...)