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November 29, 2018

Benefits of Clay Art for Preschoolers

Clay is very versatile and there are so many ways toddlers and preschoolers can play and experiment with it. Clay gives them the opportunity to be creative and learn about texture, shape and form while having lots of fun.

Overall Benefits:
- Clay projects can be built over time, giving a sense of satisfaction of having created something special for themselves or a family member.
- Learn historical use and methods of building with clay used for thousands of years, e.g. coil pots
- A very sensory experience: using their hands to manipulate and change clay shape and texture.

Sensory Play Benefits:
- Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain's pathways, which lead to the child's ability to complete more complex learning tasks.
- Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
- Sensory play is calming for kids, as it helps them regulate their emotions and any internal discomfort, whether that be boredom, restlessness, or some other type of agitation.

Physical Benefits:
- Manipulating a piece of clay (squishing, squeezing, pulling, pushing, etc.) helps develops the child's large and small muscles - improving dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
- The ability to use simple tools to change clay like popsicle sticks for cutting and stamps for decorating which can be translated to kitchen skills as they grow.

Developmental Growth:
- Clay adjusts and responds to touch, keeping the child engaged and empowered to keep experimenting.
- As they notice a change in clay, they learn their actions have consequences.
- Fosters creativity and imagination.
- Builds a child's ability to focus and attention span.

Mathematical Understandings:
- Builds an experiential understanding and creating of 3-dimensional shapes.
- Learn the beginnings of pattern making.
- Tactical experience of size and weight differences (larger heavier ball vs. smaller lighter ball).

Literacy and Vocabulary:
-Action words: pound, pinch, roll, flatten, poke, tear squeeze, coil, stretch, squash, twist, and bend. Clay terms: slip, score, scratches, clay.
-Creative story telling with clay pieces.
-Can be adjusted to different age levels and abilities (2.5 years to 5 years). 

At Discovery Point Nursery and Academy, we are committed to providing excellent programming and high quality child care to enrich your child's growth and development. 

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