Students will further explore and formalize words for working with clay.
Pre-Kindergarten (Three- and Four-Year Old’s)
How can we use our hands as tools?
- Deli container with clay
- Tray with damp sponge
- 8 x 10” cardboard base
Step 1: Invitation to Explore
- What did we do last week?
- What do you see on my tray?
- What did you do with the clay last week?
- As students say they rolled, pinched, or poked, model each action using a small chunk of clay, and place each modeled piece in front of you so the students can see them.
- The clay feels dry and it’s getting hard to work with — how can I make it softer?
- Show the students how to press their hands on the sponge to wet their hands so that they can soften the clay.
- Explain that the sponge never, ever leaves the tray!
Step 2: Work-time
- Have 3-4 students come to the art center.
- Have the students work directly on the table.
- Do not give them any instructions.
- As they work, ask them what they are doing, and help give words to their actions — roll, poke, pinch, pull, press, etc.
- Take photos as students explore for documentation. Record their observations as they work.
- After students have had ample time to explore, ask them to press or roll their clay into a chunk and place the clay into deli cups with lids.
- Save one clay creation for reflection.
Step 3: Reflection
- Choose one child’s work and put it on a cardboard base to bring to the meeting area.
- How do you think ________ made this? What do you think _______ did with his/her hands?
- Be sure to rotate the sculpture so students can look at all sides.
- After reflection, have the student whose work was shared roll it into a ball and put it in the deli container in the art center.
Clay, soft, hard, cool, wet, silky, roll, squeeze, poke, twist, flatten, break, pinch