We like to mix up our resources quite a lot in my setting. It can bring on some fantastic new experiences for the children. Today we enjoyed some clay and nature exploration. We used different items found outside to press in to the clay and then looked at the marks left in the clay.
Leaves left some really interesting patterns. You could see the veins and outer shape of the leaves after you peeled them of. Some children turned these in to pendents by making a hole in the clay and then left it to dry before threading it on to ribbon or string.
We also used different pieces of bark to explore the patterns they made. Pushing them agains sticks and trees.
Many of our younger children enjoyed rolling balls and then stabbing them with sticks! It might not have been the intended learning outcome but they found their own learning and experience in their play. They pulled the stick out and pointed to the hole, then pushed the stick in to another part of the clay to observe the same result. Repeating this action and reinforcing the learning that marks can be made in this way.
Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
- Communication and Language Development
- Expressive Art and Design
- Understanding the world