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Educational benefits of playing with modelling clay or pottery clay

April 12, 2015 | Marie-Elaine Leduc, conseillère pédagogique à l’éducation préscolaire, CSDM.


Educational benefits of playing with modelling clay or pottery clay

Playing with modelling clay or pottery clay can help children develop important skills and competencies. The information in this document was compiled by Marie-Élaine Dupont, an early childhood education consultant, to illustrate the “potential contribution [of such play] to the development of the target competencies of the Quebec Education Program for the preschool level.”

Educational benefits of playing with modelling clay or pottery clay, as linked to the target competencies of the Quebec Education Program (preschool education)

Competency 1: To perform sensorimotor actions effectively in different contexts

The child:

Competency 2: To affirm his/her personality

The child:

Competency 3: To interact harmoniously with others

The child:

Shows an interest in others:

Participates in group activity:

Competency 4: To communicate using the resources of language

The child:

Competency 5: To construct his/her understanding of the world

The child discovers different forms of culture, learning areas and concepts:

Visual art

Natural sciences

Social sciences

Geography

Mathematics

Other learning outcomes

Competency 6: To complete an activity or project

Bonus: By making your own modelling clay, you can add a culinary component to the competencies described above:

Working with pottery clay develops all the skills listed above. As well, its distinctive properties present additional learning opportunities:

Content based on the work of Anne Gillain-Mauffette, a retired educator from the Outaouais region of Quebec.

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