After she had touched it and squeezed it for a while it became warmer and much more malleable. Clay is one of my favourite media for young children to work with because of the easy to achieve results and the open-ended, sculptural possibilities of things to create with it.
We decided to have a go at creating a spider to go along with our 5-a-Day book choices this week, especially Incy Wincy Spider, a favourite. I gave her a ball of clay to create a body with, but she decided to divide it into two to make both a body and a head. She attached them together and I demonstrated how to smooth over the joins with her thumb to mould the pieces securely. If attaching small details it is advisable to use water too, as this seals them well.
She asked for pipe cleaners to make legs and we talked about how many legs a spider has, counting them out by looking at a picture in the book. She stuck them over the body and I showed her how to poke a hole and stick them inside the clay so they wouldn’t fall out when it dried.
- creative: exploring a range of media, trying out new tools, creating a simple representation of a person or object
- sensory: exploring new materials using all of the senses, describe new sensations with appropriate vocabulary
- motor skills: develop fine motor skills through pinching, squeezing, rolling, flattening, poking into clay
- maths: count objects using 1:1 correspondence
- knowledge of the world (science): talk about spiders and their body shapes, number of legs, habitats etc
- literacy: developing new naming and describing words eg slimy, smooth, firm/ linking a project to a story and nursery rhyme character
- phse: sustaining involvement in a self-chosen activity/ making decisions/ seeing a project through to completion