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Clay Art in Preschool: Other Ways to Play with Clay

by on Jul 15th, 2012

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Clay… Playdough… noodles….these are just some of the many “toys” kids like to play with that really tap several skills all at once! With clay they get to practice their fine motor skills, their imagination, their creativity and so much more!


Last summer, another activity Ayala Museum did was Clay Art by Jose Joya. It’s really simple and easy to do! This post isn’t really like my usual tutorials, this really is just something I thought to share to give you other ideas on how you can use clay/playdough other than just tossing the kids an entire lump!


What you will need



  • Clay/playdough
  • 1/4 illustration board
  • Big paperplate



What you will do:

The kids were first asked to mold whatever they want on the illustration board

It was so fun to watch them come up will all these random works! Creativity and imagination in action!!!







Afterward, they were asked to do the same thing, but this time on a paper plate. You could quickly see how the simple change from a rectangular board to a round paper plate changed their perspectives.





Start sculpting you models! :) Would love to see your works or how your kids found the activity! Care to share?


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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