Many of the children in the 3 year old Kangaroo Group have had the opportunity to poke, squeeze, roll, cut and flatten clay. Initially the clay was on the table, enough for four children, I sat with them and we spoke about how it felt and what can be made from it. While sitting and talking I was rolling it and pinching it. The children were also watching and they too made similar moves. The clay adjusts and responds to how each child touches it.
We have been manipulating clay for over two weeks now and we have been observing that the children are remaining at this experience for sometime experimenting and maintaining their interest and enhancing their attention span. They have noticed a change in the clay so they are starting to learn that their actions have consequences. This is empowerment and it encourages more experimentation. Clay stimulates each child’s curiosity and intelligence, imagination, and creativity are engaged and fostered. Manipulating a ball of clay also develops each child’s small and large muscles, as well as fostering eye-hand co-ordination.
Some children have started making things such as snails, bird’s eggs, nests and even birds, dogs and cats. These were the result of conversations that were happening and open ended questions that were asked. We are wanting the children to be inspired to develop and express their own ideas.
We will continue to provide clay so the children can build upon their ever increasing skills and creativity. Looking around our environment there are many items that are made from clay.
Director and 3 year old Educator