Clay experiences don't need many bells and whistles. Just clay and stretches of uninterrupted time to experiement with it. When kids first start to play with clay they are discovering "what does clay do?" before they move onto "what can I do with clay?"
Here we set up a simple clay experience -
balls of clay and a basket of sticks we collected from outside:
If you or any of your parents have some old tiles lying around from renovation projects,
they make perfect base boards for clay play.
Going on a nature hunt to collect materials to use with clay can enhance the play experience.
These little fellows aren't interested in making an end product.
Like any art experience with preschoolers, it is the process that is important.
They are learning "what happens if I...?"
Natural materials are perfect to use to texture clay, or to create sculptural forms.
With lots of time to explore and experiment with clay in all its forms, look at what kids can create using natural materials:
This post is a part of Backyard Mama's Children and Nature Blog Carnival.