Clay is such a wonderful sensory material for kids to explore. It is smooth and cool to the touch. It can be cut and stacked and moulded. Add some water and it becomes a whole new experience. We recently explored clay with some items we gathered from our yard – pebbles, seed pods, grass and even coriander leaves from the vegetable patch.
This was the second time that R had played with clay. The first time around he mostly cut it and broke it into large sections. This time he began in much the same way, but he piled the large sections on top of one another to build tall structures.
Eventually he began breaking off smaller pieces and manipulating them in his hands, observing how cold the clay felt.
After kneading the clay in his hands, he created some more sculptures which were more structured than the earlier ones. I love the pointy top on this one.
After building a few structures, R turned his attention to the collection of items in the basket. He began by pushing leaves, pebbles and seed pods into the top of a ball of clay.
After sticking his selections directly into the clay, he explored new ways to add them. He discovered that if he broke off small pieces of clay he could use them to hold the leaves to the side of the sculpture.
He was very excited when he discovered that if he made the flowers and leaves very wet by dipping them into the bowl of water that I had placed on the table, they would stick to the clay.
When he was finished making his nature sculpture, some imaginative play took place. He pushed the plastic knife through a piece of clay and then pretended that it was a camera. Say cheese!
Of course, no play session around here is complete without the addition of some Lego. He wrapped some mini figures in clay and then went excavating to uncover them again.
The inclusion of the Lego figures led to lots of story telling and some wonderful clay structures.
The clay was so lovely and cool to touch, I couldn’t resist trying it out for myself. I made this mandala from a clematis flower. It was so calming and peaceful to work with the clay like this.
Have you explored with clay? Do you like to add other materials to it?
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