Whatever your age, pottery has extensive benefits.
For children, there are even more positive effects of indulging in clay play and creation.
I'm going to bet you don't know all the ways that art creation, especially ceramic creativity, can seriously benefit your kids.
10 Reasons Your Kids Should be Creating with Clay
1. Motor Skill Development
Think of all the pounding, pinching, flattening, tearing, poking, squeezing, bending, coiling...that's a lot of motor skill practice!
2. Tactile Therapy
The tactile nature of clay can be a physical outlet for kids, releasing emotion and reducing stress.
3. Adulthood Innovation
Childhood participation in creation leads to innovation in adulthood.
4. Self Esteem
Clay is easy to move and shape. Using clay can leave kids feeling in charge, which can lead to more confidence communicating their thoughts.
There are rules when it comes to clay, e.g. keep clay thinner, thin tails should attach to the body, score and slip attachments. Kids learn that the little details make a big difference.
6. Improving Sensory Development
Pottery classes gently stimulate, which is perfect for sensory development. Pottery allows kids to absorb information at their own pace.
7. Problem Solving
Building with clay means dealing with pesky gravity and the unique properties of clay, which promotes problem-solving skills.
8. Out of the Box Thinking
It's thought that creative exploration encourages rewiring of the brain. This can later develop into out-of-the-box thinking.
Kids are able to express imagination in whatever form. This expression is linked to self-esteem, but also in strengthening communication skills in a new way.
10. Pride and Accomplishment
Kids get to start with something raw and make it into something solid. An expression of their creation which lasts. Awesome, Proud, Moment (TM).
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