Jane had poured cement onto the bricks over the week so they came back hard and ready to clean up. The spray bottles were re-introduced from week 1 and this time there was enough for most of the children.
With some slightly soapy water, we sprayed and picked away at the clay using brushes and sticks to reveal the patterns.
Although this was a very slow process, the children spent a very long time finding the patterns they had created earlier on in the project.
Nursery practitioners Sonya and Trish both commented on how they don’t usually get so mucky with clay but really saw the value in exploring such a sensory material. They were as keen to find what patterns were underneath as were the children and Jane!
Trish and Jane had chance to talk further about the use of the cement bricks and how they can be used in the garden. There was also opportunity today to discuss the value of the clay work with the children and the importance of following where the children’s interests take you. We also discussed how the clay can be used again and again and will always produce a different result as it is such a free material without any limitations apart from our own imaginations.