I love the feel of clay in my hands. The simple way it moulds into new forms and the meditative way you can roll it in your palm.
Process art is extremely important in Montessori especially in the early developmental years. It strengthens so many aspects of the newly developing Prefrontal Cortex region of the brain and helps children learn to regulate emotions. Process art that allows a child to expand all of their fine motor movements is even better as it also refines the sensorial input areas of the brain and aids in concentration.
And so when we were contacted by Simply Playful offering to gift us their Clay Kit found here , we were thrilled.
It comes neatly contained in a lockable clear carrying case and is a kit designed for four users which we love. It’s fully stocked with everything from round placemats (not shown in the above pic) to metal buckets, tools, accessories like sequins and sparkles and of course enough clay in the primary colours plus white to allow four users to work easily.
It includes the book “Mix it Up and some idea cards which as luck would have it included a penguin.
This beautiful set invites the child to work and the easy open containers keep everything sorted by accessible. Quentin loved settling in after a long school day to quietly work with the cool clay. Right before bed this was the perfect wind down activity.
We love that this Canadian company understands the value of open ended process art and we love all of their different invitations to create found on their website here!
This set is perfect for children ages 3+ who no longer put things in their mouth.