I enjoy introducing a clay project to Kindergarten students. Their excitement for the clay is contagious. No matter what the product ends up looking like, students learn so much by just getting their hands dirty and working with a 3-dimensional sculpture material. We discuss the many steps involved with clay making and students are always intrigued with the kiln.
Kindergarten students created clay slabs (flat, thin pancakes) and cut a hole out of the center to make a frame. Students experimented by stamping various objects into the clay to create texture.
Clay can sometimes be difficult and unforgiving. There were a couple broken frames, but I only used this as a lesson in adaptability and process over product. Students will have no problem gluing their creations together after the glaze firing.