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Malleable materials

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Gsr25, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. Gsr25

    Gsr25 Occasional commenter

    I was told that in d&t for EYFS, the children don't use clay until year 1. Can anyone explain why this is?
  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Who told you?
  3. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    There is no reason why children cannot use clay in EYFS. It is a great material for them to use.
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  4. missrturner

    missrturner Occasional commenter

    We try and have the children use clay especially if they're working on something that they want to paint and display. There can be the view that clay is tougher to use than other moulding materials, perhaps this is why that person thinks this?

    We also use a variety of other materials such as plasticine, salt dough, and play dough that the children can make themselves with guidance and enhanced through glitter/materials etc.
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  5. Gsr25

    Gsr25 Occasional commenter

    Perhaps it's just the choice of the setting then and not necessarily something everyone does.
  6. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Don't forget bread dough. Making rolls is fun and do-able for little hands. Old yeast and past-sell-by-date flour make wonderful 'practice' dough which still does all the fun things like rising.
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