How many stuffed friends can we make in an hour? Today it was 9 - plus 1 scarf for a special stuffed animal. Each kiddo had a unique idea, drew it on fabric, and I helped them sew and cut it out, then they stuffed it. Look at the proud faces on those creators!
We spent a gorgeous Thursday morning at Harvest Preserve enjoying the first warm day of spring. As one student exclaimed on our hike: “Just smell that fresh air!”
Once we reached the Sacred Stone circle, some kids chose to make a drawing about something they had noticed. They were quick sketches in pen on post-it notes, but wonderful snapshots of the expected (sacred stones, towering and bare trees) and the unexpected (tire tracks in the mud) parts of the hike that had captured the children's attention.
””Claywork can be a language for exploring and communicating ideas. Like drawing, clay work enables children to to make their ideas visible - but in three dimensions. It can be an exciting experience for young children to discover that they have made something with a ‘back’ and ‘sides’ as well as a ‘front’ and even an ‘inside’ and ‘underneath’.” - Ursula Kolbe, Rapunzel’s Supermarket
" I made an X marks the spot." "I made a road."
It feels great to press and mold clay - colder and a bit stiffer than play dough, but satisfyingly easy to mold into the shape you want to create. We just played - with no end product in mind - but ended up with some great cakes, faces, and round shapes.
"Play doh is different colors, but clay is only one color."
"It smells like a bouncy house."
"It's harder to play with."
"It feels squishy."
"I know where it comes from, it comes from other clay."
"It's daddy's face. He looks a little freaked out."
Spending another beautiful spring day at Harvest Preserve filled us with joy! We spent the morning hiking, exploring, singing, playing, and also making drawings together.
We saw and heard many signs of spring at the preserve. Children chose to draw trees with buds, sprouting flowers, bees, birds, and many also noticed the bright blue sky.
Art Studio teacher