This week we introduced clay to the children. Exploring clay helps children learn about texture, shape, form, problem-solving, imagination and creative expression. As children pound, shape, squeeze and manipulate the clay, it develops their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Some children said the clay smelled “funny” and were unsure about touching it. Other children jumped right in and explored without encouragement. We brought the clay back out each class, giving the children time to become familiar with this material.
We noticed that more children became interested once they became accustomed to the different smell and feel. It is also more difficult to manipulate clay than play-dough. The children showed lots of effort, problem-solving and perseverance with exploring this more challenging material.