Clay can be the best source of learning through play for kids. As it is natural, non toxic, easy to use and creates a lot of mess, which children definitely love when they are on the mission of creating something.
It’s a lot more than just clay!
The process of working with this natural material to create unique clay projects support individual learning, sensory development, fine motor skills, self esteem, self expression, problem solving skills, discipline and pride in a child. In addition, clay has a well documented therapeutic quality that settles and calms children.
This activity is based on clay coils, which are made and placed together to create a product. In this activity we are making a bowl, using clay coils.
Step 1: Arrange the clay and ask the kids to divide it in to small equal proportions to make small spheres.
Step 2: Ask them to start making the spheres using their palms and making sure all the spheres are equally balanced and same size.
Step 3: Once done with the spheres, ask them to roll the spheres using their palms and form elongated clay cylinders.
Step 4: Now, circular wrap the elongated clay cylinders to create small coils.
Step 5: Place the polythene bag around the plastic bowl and start placing the coils inside the bowl. Try over lapping the ends to stick them together.
Step 6: Start smudging the coils to stick them together properly and to eliminate any gaps.
Step 7: Place the bowl in sunlight to dry for 24 to 48 hours before you take the clay bowl out and paint!
- Why is clay wet?
- Where do we get clay from?
- Can’t we paint clay when its wet?
- What else can we make using the same technique?