At the Art Table - Create a Fire Hydrant
Set Up -
Cover the table.
Prepare a ball of clay for each child.
Prepare a tray of various items to invite explorations.
This was an invitation at our art table for about a week. Our twins came and went during playtime with this activity. Some afternoons they pretended with the clay along fire fighter themes. Fires were created and hosed. One afternoon a "fire truck" was constructed. (They are three so it pretty much looked like a lump of clay with people on it, but you have to love the imagination.) Other days they took their clay usage in different directions.
Most afternoons I sat nearby and sipped tea as they worked at the table. Sometimes I checked in on them in between stirring things in the dinner time prep. I observed and listened to their conversations with each other. I have verbal children that enjoy talking about they are doing so this is often how I learn the most about their thoughts. Over the course of the week I added and subtracted some of the materials listed above based on their play. I also asked them to describe what they were doing with the clay. For example: "Can you tell me about this part?"
Clay needs to be kept cool and moist. We re-wrapped ours in a plastic bag each night after removing all of the little pieces tucked inside. My daughter in particular enjoys burying things in clay.
Clay can be washed off of materials pretty easily.
Little hands were washed with soap and water.
Clay or Playdough
Table Covering - we use an old curtain
Tray or Baskets - pictured is the tray a Melissa + Doug cooking set arrived in.
Small Rocks or Pebbles
Tin Can Lids
Twisted Pipe Cleaners
*Changing, adding, subtracting materials to be explored with the clay is a great way to extend play. Observe what your child plays with and how he or she uses the materials and adapt based on these observations.
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