We went to Clay Day at the Folk Art Center this past weekend. They had many, many craft demonstrations, mostly by various pottery artists (Maia was fascinated by the wheel throwing), but also some glass blowing.
There was also a hands-on kids table, which was half the reason we went. They gave the children slabs of clay to work with and let them use a variety of tools to manipulate the clay, including straws, chopsticks, plastic forks and knives, garlic presses, popsicle sticks, and a variety of nature items. I was impressed by how they just let each child do their own thing and how the project and materials lent themselves to a wide range of ages. The younger kids, like Maia, made designs in their slabs. The older kids turned theirs into bowls or vases or figures. And they were all very absorbed in their work.
Makes me think it's about time we got some clay to use at home. Have any of you used clay with your kids? Any tips or ideas? I'm not even sure where to buy it.