Hydrating, Crimping, Pinching and Rolling

 

Looks like there was pie baking in clay today. It turns out that it was a bird’s nest in the making. The clay began as a cube of wet clay. Every night we put our clay to rest dividing it up into cubes, piercing thumb size holes in the cubes, and then hydrating the cubes with water.

It takes a lot of power to flatten a cube like the cube seen in the photo. I’m noticing that this child is using the skill of crimping the clay on the sides. After creating the nest, he decided to add eggs. For this he used the skills of pinching and rolling.

Clay challenges fine motor skills and strengthens hand muscles. While doing all of this, the child was imagining and creating art

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