We broke the tub of clay out early because part of his gift was to make stuff together for the holiday. We did a lot of playing around and Oliver made some abstract sculptures and I taught him how to make a snowman by rolling clay balls. Eventually we settled in and together we made two moons. He rolled a ball and I helped him press it into a disc and did the same with mine. We used the fingerprints as natural mountains and valleys and use the end of pen to make craters. I think making craters was Oliver's favorite part. We let them dry for a couple of days.
Ollie didn't want to paint his moon, he told me it was a moon cookie. I let him play with it and he broke it in like two minutes. Lesson learned - air dry clay is not strong enough to stand up to rambunctous toddlers.
I painted mine with prismacolor markers in shades of gray on the front. The directions said that the clay could be painted with watercolors, and I thought markers would be similar but less mess. I think it came out cute (totally inaccurate, but cute).
On the back, since it's a Valentine, I wrote "I love you to the moon and back" in marker. I also (obviously) put a string through both so they could be hung up somewhere. They kind of look like ornaments, so I wouldn't be surprised if next year they end up on the Christmas tree...
I actually like the two together, the colored version and the raw version of Oliver's - glued crack and all. I think they make a fitting pair.