Learning life with clay

eNarada, Bengaluru, May 13, 2017:
Playing with clay is not just fun but can also improve a student’s motor skills. The Art of Giving (AoG), Bengaluru chapter initiated an innovative programme for Government school students wherein they began teaching various clay art forms to improve personality skills for the students.

During the program on Saturday, the AoG volunteers taught government school students how to make elephants, peacock, goat and other animals through clay.

Speaking on the occasion, AoG’s volunteer Mamata N Swamy said, “One may wonder what so special about teaching clay models to kids. However, many forget its importance. For example, as children explore and play with modelling clay, they discover how to make basic forms. This will develop hand-brain coordination, agility and fine motor skills. Using modelling clay gives children many opportunities to be creative and can also result in longer attention spans”.

Manjula KS, headmistress of Kurubarahalli Government Higher Primary School said she was pleased to introduce clay modelling in schools. “Generally, these kind of facilities are available only in high-end schools. Thanks to the initiative of the AoG volunteers who have been working according to the vision of AoG founder Dr Achyuta Samanta to teach various skills to students for free.” She said that playing with clay helps kids develop social skills as they sit together sharing clay, rollers and other modelling materials. Playing with clay products, pinching it, rolling it and squeezing it into shapes, relaxes young children.

Along with various animal shapes, the AoG volunteers taught children to form a basic ball shape, bats , animals and other human organ shapes. Ms Manjula added that creating organs from clay, and constructing a human body, allowed students to learn about muscle, tissue and organs by building instead of dissecting. When building with clay, students attach muscle on the bones and place organs and tissue on the skeletal structure, allowing them to better memorise the functions of the organs and where they’re located inside the body. Students can apply the learning to their own bodies and predict the action of their muscles.

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