Squish it. Bend it. Pull it. Roll it. There’s so much you can do with Clay but there's also so much it can do for you and your little one’s cognitive development. In light of our new School Holiday & After School Programs, we've done the research to give you all the hard facts about the benefits of Clay Play.
All you need to do is book the kids in, sit back, relax and know that we've got them covered!
- Boost Self-Esteem & Confidence.
It's no secret we're big fans of the magical confidence boosting powers of Clay, but those powers aren't limited to our adult potters. In fact, it can be even more beneficial for your little ones.
In the early years of development it is essential to give children the space to express themselves without inhibition. Our Kids Pottery Classes do just that. With Workshops structured around Play-Based and Montessori learning models, the classes are loosely instructed by our teachers, providing room for the kids to explore, create and play with clay on their own accord. Each little potter will arrive at the same destination but they will take their own route getting there.
- Increase Attention Span & Focus.
Clay responds directly and immediately to touch. If you roll it, pull it or even squash it it will change before you eyes. This type of cause and effect learning is incredible for capturing the attention of children. Because the medium of clay is constantly changing with their movement, the attention is continuously recaptured keeping them engaging and curing the school holiday boredom in one swoop!
- Develop Fine Motor Skills.
The combination of sensory and exploratory play that is found in Kid's Pottery classes is essential for the development of hand-eye coordination and problem solving. Encouraging play that uses their minds and hands means children can use both the right and left side of their brain and develop the small muscles in their hands, all the while creating lasting memories and building their art literacy.
- Teach Them to Express Emotions.
Learning in a group environment, our little potters are encouraged to interact, learn and play with each other and our teachers. This type of play fosters the development of social interaction and teaches key emotional based skills like patience, closely related to the cause and effect relationship of Clay Play.
- Develop Imagination & Boost Creativity.
During play children often step outside of their comfort zones (something we don’t do as much as we get older). This exploratory learning encourages the development of their imagination. While our programs are structured for everyone to make the same type of piece, each little potter or Mummy / Daddy duo are given the space to play, create and decorate on their own accord. This space is essential for little ones to push the boundaries of their imagination and boost their own creativity.
- Cure School Holiday Boredom.
This one is pretty self explanatory… Play, learning, friends, clay. What’s not to love?
Clay Play is a healthy alternative to video games or tv! Book your little one in for our School Holiday or After School Program and watch them engage in some fun, healthy, Clay Play.