4th graders first clay project this year was inspired by this blog post I found a couple of years ago (room9art.blogspot.com/2011/06/plants-on-parade.html).
After we all circled around a table and I demonstrated for the students, they began the project by ripping their clay in half and making a pinch pot with one half of clay and using the other half to make different sized and shaped coils. They attached the coils to the pinch pot and formed them to look like different succulent plants. The goal was to have at least 3 plants in their pots. Some students only had three and some probably had closer to ten.