By this point in the year, all children in Pre-K have had an experience working with clay! It is one of my favorite materials to work with and I always love introducing it to children. We began by examining clay in a plastic bag… friends felt it, poked it and attempted to lift it. There’s always a sense of mystery around it, and we brainstorm what we think is in the bag.
Belen: It feels like softy.
Amal: I think it’s a ball that’s pretty.
Bennett: It feels cold. Like snow or ice.
Cory: Is it a bag of yarn that can roll around the school? It’s heavy, so that doesn’t make sense. I don’t know what it is!
Naomi: Is it a bag of snowballs?
Victor: It sticky.
Once friends learned that it was clay, they began to work on their clay sculptures! We had some different tools available… rollers and hammers for making it flat, clay scissors for cutting, utensils for mark making, etc. Many children chose to work with friends and created dinosaurs and monsters, while others pretended they were chefs in the kitchen.
Christian: It’s hard to peel plastic off the clay. It’s making my hands grey! Hey, you can use the roller to make it flat like a sandwich. Who wants a krabby patty?
Alli: That tool looks like that thing you use to flip with when you’re cooking.
Elijah: I watched Master Chef Ramsey and he tells people to cook a lot and he uses tools that look like that. I’m gonna pretend I’m on Master Chef Junior and make a duck. I’m gonna make the duck feet but I have to cut off the nails before you pretend to eat it.
Siah: I made a dinosaur. He’s a t-rex, but I forgot to make his teeth. I can just add them now!