In June, a potter came to our preschool to conduct a workshop for our students. On the first day,he came and created and moulded various objects with the children. Afterwards he took our moulded crafts to his workroom where he baked them in a special oven. He returned some days with our dried crafts, and together we painted them. Throughout the process, the students worked patiently and diligently to create beautiful clay crafts.
Clay is a very versatile material, and there are a multitude of ways that preschool children can play and experiment with it. Working with clay allows them the opportunity to be creative, learn about texture, shape and form whilst having lots of fun.
There are many benefits of playing with clay such as:
Manipulating clay helps preschool children to develop their hand-eye co-ordination as they pound, pat and mould the clay into shapes and objects.
Development of the small muscles in their fingers and hands, known as fine motor skills, as they pinch, squeeze and prod the clay, adding detail to the shape or object.
Through this manipulation, children can express their thoughts and ideas as they mould the clay to take on a form of their imagination.
Father's Day is a day to acknowledge and honour fathers, brothers, uncles and all the other important male figures present in our lives. We tend to forget the sacrifices and contributions that they have made, and continue to make for us. Father's Day allows us the opportunity to show and express our love, adoration and gratitude to these very special individuals.
On Father's Day, we at Benjamin also decided to show these deserving men what a special place they hold in our lives, as well as the great influence they have on us. We created handmade cards in which we wrote the things we love most about them. To ensure that we can always look back and remember this beautiful day, we had some lovely pictures taken with our fathers.