When I was talking to my friend about the class that I taught for her, she opened my eyes to stuff that I never thought of.

When doing classes, you need to really think about the age of the students that you are teaching.  With the kids that I worked with at the Library, they would have had a hard time working with some of the firmer clays (like FIMO Classic).  I was given a bunch of PREMO to use with them.  It is an easier clay to condition.  (This actually saved my hands from getting tried.  I did a fair amount of conditioning since the kids got tried of doing it.)

Another thing to think of, is the finished strength of the clay when it is baked.  The bugs with more substance to them would have been fine once they where baked if I had used SCULPEY III.  I would be afraid though of some of the thinner wings on the dragonflies or butterflies that the kids made.  If I was working with older kids and creating tiles or thinner items, I would hate to have them take the creations home, bake them, only to have them break that first time that they showed their friends.

I am very thankful that my friend had thought of all of this.  She also included containers for the kids to carry thier bugs home in and directions to give the paretns onhow to bake the clay.

I will say that I had so much fun with the kids that I would be willing to do this all over again!