Wednesday, July 21, 2010

telling stories with clay and dough

I get a buzz out of watching children use dough or clay to make their ideas come alive. 

For some children creating a story as they animate lumps of clay may be the most important part of the experience.

Charlie wants you to meet his teeny tiny man.

The little man lives in this little world, complete with bridges and towers and a spooky mountain: 

Charlie's clay construction was a story in the making: he told the story as he worked and through the clay his story became visible.

Felix uses figures and dough to tell his story:

These are the horses that are protecting the man.
The man is probably also a monster.
The man is hiding in these trees and this is an island and they are stuck.

(Peek closer and you can see the man/monster)

This is the bridge to safety
and this horse is brave and silly too.
He is escaping the island but here is the big fire so he can't get across.

The fire is like a bushfire and he'll go back to get some water to see if he
can put it out.  Then they won't be stuck.

A wonderful reminder that children communicate in a myriad of ways.


  1. I love how Felix played out his story. There's nothing like a bit of dramatic play, sculptured by the story teller himself, to add some theatre to the moment ... but is that "hair roller boys" teeny tiny man, because I think it's pretty darn cute too!
    Donna :) :)

  2. Yep, that's hair roller boy. One of the good things about teaching your own child is that you have no shortage of photos from their preschool years :)