Thursday, May 13, 2010

Working with Clay

Working with natural resources such as clay is very satisfying.
Early exploration has involved discovering the way clay responds to kneading, rolling, shaping and patterning. We used fingers, palms, fists and tools to pattern the surface.
We have provided shells, cones, sticks to use with the clay.
Children have made sailboats, pots, butterfly, caterpillars, beds, monkeys and beads.
Another technique that has been explored is using a slab of clay as a canvas to draw pictures on. We have used some wonderful metallic paints to paint beads and we will add colour to the drawings and other creations now they are dry.
There have been opportunities for story telling, exploring language for shape texture pattern, sharing ideas and knowledge.

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