Every kid is different. And the more you have, the more you realize this. My second daughter, Catherine, can climb the highest tree, run a marathon and hopscotch her heart out but when it comes to putting her shoes on, holding scissors or doing things that might fall in to the “fine motor skills” department, she is not nearly as strong. One of the things that I’ve learned that can help strengthen and fine tune this stage of her development is to encourage her to work with clay.
“Manipulating a piece of clay develops the child’s large and small muscles. Clay play fosters eye-hand coordination. Soft clay is receptive and responsive to all kinds of emotional expression. Clay is so fascinating that some children work for long periods without any adult motivation to maintain their interest. It can be a great way to extend the attention span of some children.” by Marvin Bartel, Ed.D. in Art Education in his article Clay for Toddlers and Preschoolers: How and Why
The lovely Suzy Lazarus will be teaching two Kid’s Pottery Classes at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Uptown. This 7-week class begins today (Monday). Kids get to experience the art of getting their hands dirty and working with clay. They will learn to use the potter’s wheel, practice hand building and sculpture techniques. Students will create and take home pottery masterpieces. No prior ceramics or clay experience is required.
The class is open for PK-5th. To register, call 897-0143. You do not have to be a member of the JCC.
Pottery for Kids Schedule:
Mondays, January 14 – March 11
* Grades Pre K to 1: 3:30 – 4:45 PM
* Grades K to 5: 4:45 – 6:00 PM
* No class January 21, February 11
* $185 member / $225 non member