A small pot made out of clay.

Nearly any type of clay can be used for this: kiln-bake, self-hardening, oven-bake, or even kids' clay. Whichever is chosen is based on its function and permanence.

A pinch pot is made simply by rolling a ball of clay, larger than a nickel at the very least, and pressing your thumb into the middle of it. Press the clay between your thumb and index finger while rotating it. This will eventually form a small bowl. It is up to you to decide the thickness of the walls and whether it will have a flat bottom or remain round.

Pinch pots are nice for decoration or holding small things that you can lose easily (with the exception of socks). You can paint them or at least glaze them with something shiny to impress your mom.