Like any art experience with preschoolers, it is the process that is important rather than the end product. The experience of seeing the color, smelling the earthy scent, and hearing the squishy squish of the clay between fingers was a thrilling part of our week.
When the class first started to play with clay they needed to find out "what does clay do?" It was a little frustrating for them to realize that clay is harder to manipulate than play dough. None the less, the students were amazed and delighted to feel the smooth, cool texture of clay. They practiced first dipping their fingers into water, then moved onto pouring out their cups of water and drenching the clay. Each discovery was exciting and surprising.