Experimenting with... Air-Dry Clay!

Today, the children from our Lab School classroom were offered the opportunity to experiment with air-dry clay. This was a new medium to some students and a familiar one to others. It was so much fun to listen to their discussions about what they were making, amongst other topics!

 

Palmer: It’s squishy and funny and hard.

Zahara: It’s kind of stinky.

Gretchen: I’m going to make a duck.

Palmer: Look at this. It’s my snake. I’ve been rollin’ it out to make it long. I just flattened it down like dough. You can make me… you can make Mr. Bryan… you guys can make yourself.

 

Brazil: I made this for you.

Ladarian: Thank you.

 

Ladarian: I’m making a Power Ranger. So, um, when a monster comes, the Power Rangers morph up and they have a watch… they do this, and this, and this (makes familiar motions).

Palmer: I made a hammock.

HOW WILL IT HANG?

Palmer: You put two strings through it.

 

*Ladarian begins to show friends how to roll their clay into a ball.*

 

Brazil: He made mine into a ball too!

William: Can you make me a ball, please?!

Ladarian: Yes!

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO DO THAT FOR YOUR FRIENDS?

Ladarian: It’s easy and I love my friends.

 

*Other peers begin to roll balls just like Ladarian.*

 

HOW CAN WE USE THEM?

Ladarian: You can just roll them around.

Oceana: You can use it to make a birthday cake!

William: I’m making it pancakes.

Ladarian: Now I’ma make pancakes. So, I smush it like that and then pancakes (tosses flat clay up like he’s flipping flapjacks).

Jayden: I’ma make a car… I cut this piece.

 

Aiden: I’m making a Rainbow Dash pony.

Nolah: A fish.

Zahara: It’s a popsicle (puts some air-dry on a long clay tool).

Aiden: First, I have to make the body.

Zahara: Twist it a little bit. It helps it break then you roll it together. 

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