It’s almost that time again… school holidays are just around the corner! We know you’re probably already thinking about how you’re going to fill the time, keep your kids occupied, fight off boredom and keep them away from the tv! There’s no need to stress, we’ve got you covered. Discover our range of School Holiday and After School Programs designed to suit all ages from 5-16. Grounded in the Montessori teaching method, our Kid’s Pottery Courses are designed to help boost confidence, foster creativity, teach self-discipline, enhance focus and give your little one the space to express their individuality.



But it’s not just for the little kids…


Play based learning is an incredible tool for early childhood development but sensory engaging play is good for all ages. Children or teens in later developmental stages, can also experience the benefits of Clay Play, including; relaxation, stress relief, self-confidence & self-discipline. Don’t worry… we’ve even got some holiday programs for your teens too!


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Montessori and Play Based Sensory Learning with Clay Play at Stone Studio

What Is Montessori & Sensory Play?

 

The Montessori method was first developed by Italian educator, scientist and doctor, Maria Montessori in 1906. The method is structured around child-led learning practices. Montessori created a learning framework rooted in the principles of freedom and discipline, giving children the space to learn at their own pace and demonstrate authority over their education, all within a curriculum that is linked to the child’s developmental stage.

 

Closely connected to the Montessori method is the use of sensory play practices. Encouraging sensory play based learning supports the development of eye-hand coordination, problem-solving skills, language & art literacy, concentration and promotes creative thinking, the basis of academic learning. 

 

How Does Clay Play Fit Into Montessori & Sensory Learning?

 

Not only can Clay Play be a very relaxing practice it can also be a great art medium for encouraging sensory, play based learning. When a child plays with clay they stimulate both the left and right side of the brain, where creative and analytical thinking are both engaged. 


Benefits of Clay Play for Children:

 

  • Experience responsive play. Clay reacts to touch, teaching them cause and effect.
  • Gives them the space to express themselves & develop natural curiosity and creativity. 
  • Develops their language & art literacy, a necessary building block for future academic learning. 
  • Develops and improves coordination and concentration, leading to longer periods of focus.
  • Develops fine motor skills. 
  • Fosters imagination.

 

Unleash Creativity. Let Curiosity Run-Free These School Holidays at Stone Studio.



School Holiday Programs


    After School Programs


      • Kids Hand Building 

          • Suitable for children aged 6-11
            • After school sessions over an 8 week term.
              • Teaches them the fundamentals of Hand Building including:
                • Pinching, coiling & slab building.
                • Decorating & glazing their work. 
            • Teen Wheel Throwing

              • Suitable for ages 12-16.
              • After school sessions over an 8 week term.
              • Teaches them the fundamentals of Wheel Throwing including:
                • Throwing & trimming on the pottery wheel.
                • Wedging & recycling clay. 
                • Making & attaching handles.
                • Decorating & glazing their work.

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