How to Build Patience and Perception with Modelling Clay

“When we form something through artistic activity, we are formed and changed in the process, and that spurs the developmental process.” ~ Henry Schaefer-Simmern, Psychologist

One of the things I aim to do with this blog, is to remind myself and you that it really is the little moments in our lives that can have the biggest impact. This afternoon, I was feeling very energized and I knew there were a few (okay, many) tasks that I could have accomplished. But instead, my daughter and I played with modelling clay.

Eily working her will

Modelling clay is a very powerful medium that can develop hand strength, imagination, and our will. It is one of the oldest artistic activities, teaching us about patience, observation and perception. Coming together to create something is its own meditation, and it’s a great way to connect with your child. I’ve found this book, Modelling by Arthur Auer really helpful for getting started, but of course you can just go for it on your own!

My artistic skills are somewhat stunted, but I think it’s so important to be open to creativity as an adult, and to encourage our children in their exploration. And also, those to- do-lists will always be there, so let’s enjoy the ride shall we?

Categories: nurture

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