We made initials out of model magic clay for our egg tray collages, and some kids enjoyed it so much that we decided to make the whole alphabet for the Art Studio.
First, we made a list of the alphabet letters, then volunteers stopped by the table to make a letter - or two or three. We checked them off our list as they were completed, and had the whole alphabet completed in one morning.
The next day, more preschool volunteers stopped in and painted the letters with liquid watercolors. Finally, I mounted and hung them above one of our windows. Stop by and check out our colorful creations!
””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."
Art Studio teacher