Clay Hand Hamsa Art Lesson plan for kids

Subject: Ceramics and Clay

Grade: Kg – 12
Ages: All

About this project: Clay is a wonderful medium to create simple and more complex objects. Hamsot have been known as a good luck symbol in many cultures in the middle east and can seen in most gift shops throughout Israel. This hamsa is made by tracing one’s hand. It’s a great project for all ages and when done with little hands and little children, it becomes an art project that can be treasured. You may want to refer the book The Great Clay Adventure by Ellen Kong for basic information when working with clay.

Materials needed:

  • Clay (regular or self-hardening)
  • Cutting tool
  • Roller
  • A tool with a pointed end (a toothpick)
  • Paper towels


Part l: Roll a slab of clay the size of your hand Trace your hand on the clay with your three middle fingers together Trace around your thumb sticking out to the side Do not trace your “pinky” finger Place your other hand over this form Trace the other thumb sticking off to the side Pull off excess clay Smooth edges

Part ll: Make a ball and roll out into another small slab Cut out the shape of a half circle for the pocket Smooth the edges and attach to bottom half of hand Put paper inside the pocket to help keep its shape

Part lll: Decorate by adding clay and by scratching designs Add a hole at top for hanging Decorate with underglazes

Art Therapy Ideas: The hand may be symbolic of many things.
What would you like to keep in the pocket? Who’s hand would you like to hold for comfort. Who’s hand would you like to hold in friendship? What do the images you put on your hamsa represent to you? A wonderful book to refer to when working with children is Judith Rubin’s book called The Art of Art Therapy.