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?!
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.