Monday, May 30, 2016

Clay Play

 We have been exploring clay play on the art table the last few weeks at both campuses.  I love how each child gets into the work with clay and their hands.  It becomes quiet as they explore the clay.  This sensory experience is so important.   Work is Important and Play is Important.

“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori
“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Mr. Rogers
“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” – Erik H. Erikson
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” – Plato
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” –  Fred Rogers

 For this project I got some air drying clay at DeSerres.  We will send them home as soon as they are portable.  

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree that play is the way children learn. It is also a great way for us as parents and educators to learn. We learn at least two important things by watching our child at play: 1. What is going on in the mind of our child. 2. Through play we can also see a reflection of ourselves, both our weaknesses and our strengths. So enjoy watching your child at play.