This week during Mrs. Bristley’s small group, the children made clay beads. Throughout the semester the small group strung plastic beads and learned about shapes. While in the past two weeks they learned how to make pinch pots out of clay. This activity brought all aspects of their learning together. The children made different shaped beads out of their clay and after break they can paint and sting them. The children were asked many questions like how the clay felt and what shapes they were making.
“I am making a circle bead.” –Lily PJ
“I am rolling my bead.” –Lily K
Early Childhood Standards of Quality, Creative Development, Early Learning Expectation #1: Children show how they feel, what they think, and what they are learning through experience in the visual arts. (Children typically: #1 Can use their own ideas to draw, paint, mold, and build with a variety of art materials; e.g., paint, clay, wood, materials from nature such as leaves.)
Sarah Cramer, 409