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Transient Art

The children using the Art and Design area have been looking at combining  different materials to create a piece of art. We selected a variety of loose parts and the children chose which ones they wanted to use and created their own artwork in the frames.

We discussed how we can re-use the materials to make other things too!

”I can make a doggy, they have four legs”

”I’m making my daddy”

”I’m making a stick man, he has two legs and two eyes”

Working with Clay

The clay area in our centre is growing in popularity.  I have included a few photos below,  of a child who worked with the clay today to create his own piece of art.

Why is it important for our children to work with clay?

First of all it is a sensory experience as clay feels completely different to play dough.  It can be described by children as cold. wet and like dirt.

Next, because clay isn’t as soft as playdough, children have to work their fingers and palms a bit more and so are further developing their fine motor skills.

Overwhelmingly though, working with clay is a highly creative experience.  As children express their thoughts and feelings in the clay, as they mould it to take on the form of their imagination.

Details are added so that the clay model fits with what is in the child’s imagination about the way it looks.

Happiness is what is felt when children have opportunities to show what they know through open-ended materials and experiences.