On a cold winter morning, Cohort A had the opportunity to create animals out of clay! They were given two prompt questions to help encourage their thinking process which led them to their design!
Where does your animal live?
How does your animal survive?
Some of the children flipped through animal books to inspire them, while others relied on their imaginations alone to create their animal. The children rolled the clay into shapes and used toothpicks as tools to cut, carve and add texture to their animals. One child decided to stick toothpicks into his clay animal to represent antlers! Another child mixed two colours of clay together to create a marbled effect. Each child took on a different approach, resulting in so many unique creations!
When the children were asked about their animals, they all came up with very detailed answers.
One child named the beaver she made George.
A second child explained why her two caterpillars were different colours... she explained that the larger one was older and lost its green coloured stripes as it grew!
A third child explained that her unicorn eats rainbows for breakfast.
Later on, one child presented another question to the group...
"After you make your animal, draw its habitat and think about what's in it... is it a magical habitat??
After hearing this prompt, some of the children drew their animals habitat on a piece of paper and then started playing with their clay animals. We also overheard the children talking about how they wanted to preform a play with their clay animals and habitat drawings!
We will definitely give the children the opportunity to explore this idea sometime in the near future, stay tuned!!