I teach a class called “Clay Creations,” a pottery class for preschoolers. I’ve noticed that there are not a whole lot of innovative art lessons for this age group, 3-5. In planning, I searched the internet for clay projects that will be fun for the kids, impress their parents, and allow my students to develop those fine-motor skills which are so important at that age. I am still learning what their limitations are, and have to complete some steps for them (like rolling out slabs before class), but I try to give them steps they can do and not get too frustrated.
Here is one lesson I came up with..
TEXTURED HEARTS for Valentine’s Day
I had a pre-rolled slab laid out for each of the kids as they came into class. We talked a little about Valentin’es Day, hearts, and symbols for love. I helped them trace around a heart template and they used stamps and other clay tools to add texture to their slab hearts. After class, I smoothed edges and used a straw to poke holes in the top corners for string. After they were fired, I let them pick out a few colors of glaze to paint on the front side, and I fired them again. After the glaze fire, I tied string through the holes to create a hanging wall piece. You could also glue a wall hanger to the back, if you didn’t like the look of the string.
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