Did you know that I offer pottery workshops around the Leeds & Grenville area?
Well, I do!
I work with students within the local area, and I love every moment of working with young people as they explore creativity and get messy!
It helps knowing that pottery has amazing benefits for the kids, there are so many great ways that children thrive from playing with clay and learning more about the arts.
This time around, we focused on literary explorations. The funding for the classes came from the library so what better way to link the two than by using characters and books to enhance creativity?
We dug right into the clay (pun intended) and created small books that allowed for the kids to represent their favourite characters from the media they consumed.
As you can see we have minions, spaceships, and even a penguin!
Here’s where you can find out more about the school workshops I offer to our community and ways to get your kids involved in clay
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).
I make sure to pin articles about pottery benefits to my Pinterest board. Check it out here.
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Ready to sign up your kids for a life changing experience?
Contact Caroline Guilboard at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about my kids pottery lessons in Brockville, Ontario.
Offering pottery classes to adults and kids in Athens, Brockville, and Kingston, ON.