Playing with Clay
Its been a beautiful Spring-y week here in MA, and though we haven’t had enough snow to make for soggy ground, I’m reminded that the rain and mud season is approaching. I am, therefore, reminded that week 3 (way back in January) of my Friday series for toddlers, Materials Play in the Morning, was all about clay.
The traditional clay rolling pins didn’t see any action. Most were interested in the tray of odds and ends.
I had a few parent/child pairs stay for only a little while. I don’t think the children liked the sensation of the clay on their skin. One parent/child pair worked quite a while, with the little one particularly engaged in putting a plastic fork into the clay. They also added more and more water to clay until it was a creamy slip on their hands. The mom had the idea to print their hands so I gave them a black piece of paper so they could press them onto a color that would contrast the light gray of the clay. I’m sorry I missed getting a picture of that.
Storytime in the Reading Library included a few related books: Clay Boy, Sheep in a Jeep, Hand Book, and Dirt on My Shirt.
I hope this inspires some fun and messy digging around at your place!