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Exploring learning with Clay

31 May 2022

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Clay can be used as an important resource in supporting the learning and development of our tamariki across a number of areas across Te Whāriki (our national Early Childhood curriculum). 

While exploring clay and its many uses, the Communication Strand is supported as our tamariki discover and develop different ways to be creative and expressive. They also develop social skills as they explore together in small groups.

The Exploration Strand is supported through our tamariki learning how to gain control of their own bodies as they mold and manipulate the Clay using their little fingers. This also includea exploring their senses such as taste and smell and fostering critical life-long skills such as fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, and cognitive thinking skills.

Our kaiako also like to further encourage complex play ideas and thinking as we add natural resources and loose parts for the tamariki to further explore and make sense of.