We are delighted to post a guest blog from Laura MacPhail, who attended the Clay seminar on 13th May 2017.
Laura: Feeling confident and inspired by the practical Clay Workshop led by Thelma Miller I took a mobile clay kit into Nursery.
The children were curious and keen to experience manipulating the clay for themselves. It was the first time they had worked with clay and there was a lot of discussion around how the clay felt and changed as they worked with it.
The children could connect the clay to mud and the ground and wanted to learn more about where it came from.
They made up stories about their clay creations which they shared with each other.
The children were very engaged, exploring, experimenting and playing with this natural resource.
On the 13th May, we held our first Saturday Seminar which explored Froebel’s 20th Occupation, Clay.
The workshop was led by Thelma Miller, an accredited Froebel travelling tutor, and together we explored the special properties of clay, how to look after it and how to make it manageable in a setting. We were encouraged to think about why it is such an important experience for children and how to support and extend their learning.
Feedback from participants was fantastic.
“What a wonderful sensorial experience that connects us to the earth – wonderful for all humans.”
“Loved it! Great to share practical work led by an expert.”
“What a wonderful way to spend Saturday morning- empty head thinking time- who needs a spa!”