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Mother and daughter share in the creativity

Mother and daughter share in the creativity

Coils

Clay Play (tm) Session One, Class Two,

We have 2 classes every Sat. morning - the first meets from 10 AM and can host as many as 20 children, ages 3 to 5 and is free. The second class is limited to 12 children.

This week we explored coils. We started in a circle on the floor and after we said hellos we named animals we know. Denise began rolling a long coil and invited 2 kids to help the coil get very long. Denise showed how you can change the coil from a long snake into a tall shape.

Child carefully adds coil to group sculpture

Child carefully adds coil to group sculpture

We had a sculpture in the middle of the circle that was made of some coils. Each child takes a turn as we go around the circle doing something to change the sculpture. They push, pull, poke, take pieces from one place and attach them to another place, each child in turn. If a child does not want to do anything, we pass on to the next and we go around the circle until each child is safe or comfortable enough to include themself in the group activity. The resulting structure is very attractive and is a strong connecting force for the rest of the session when each child works on their own piece on their own clay board. The mood of quiet involvement was the dominant theme of this session.

Lee Perry, Denise Wey