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Lesson Plans

Re: clay in preschool

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Dianna (dmammone)
Thu, 30 Sep 1999 11:54:03 -0400

I use a book about clay, the author's last name is Topal. I like her
approach. I focus a lot on pounding technique and control,(not too thin)
and rolling out small slabs(make sure you turn your clay in all directions)
A Lot of time I give them a general idea and introduce I new tool to use,
like a garlic press for hair. I taught them how to make a slab, then a
person laying on the slab, then cover partially with a textured slab. Viola!
A person in bed. Is it Grandma? (We usually have lots of big noses)
When I teach pinch, I make them make two pinch balls out of white clay.
Turn them over and scratch and slip to stick. Then start decorating your
To teach coiling and joining, I make them make snakes about 12 inches long,
(good practice) and join three on top of each other. Then curve like a
snake and sponge paint an pattern on top.
I usually give kids a ball of clay that will fit easily in their hands, like
a half a pound to start and another half to finish.
There are so many more creative projects than molding at this age. Be
creative, make up your own plans, how about superheroes, or tea party sets?
Or fake food?
Good luck,