Auntie Mar recently gave the boys the new Lego Star Wars dictionary. there's a scene in it that some fans ("AFOLs"- Adult Fans of Lego!) created including aliens with heads made of modelling clay. we have also seen other fans who create Star Wars Lego minifigs that don't actually exist in Lego products using polymer clay- here's an example.
Lee and Asa wanted to try. they are usually not big crafty guys (Lee said the other day "is this another one of your stupid Martha Stewart projects?" when I suggested leaf rubbings) so i was extremely happy to set it up for them.
They both spent an hour making heads and made them with such amazing detail. Asa especially, who is a very active guy to say the least, was completely immersed in the process. I think they call that FLOW. The alien guys were a total success and are all hanging out in Mos Eisley Cantina.
if your kids want to try it:
1- we used regular Sculpey but I would suggest getting some of the flexible Sculpey, as the finished heads are rather fragile. bake according to the package directions.
2- the kids formed the heads right on the bodies, and I carefully took them off so as not to squish the neck hole. if the neck hole is too big after baking, stick a little bit of modeling clay in the neck hole and it will stay on.
this guy is my favourite- Asa's "Crabby"- a mini (short legs) with "crab claws for a beard!"