I have begun a new course entitled "Making Learning Fun." For the most part it is a repeat of my last two courses--very helpful with my brain! Anyway, I was just reading a segment on using clay with young children.
Both of the articles are very enthusiastic about including clay play with young children. They state how great it is for little ones to get down to "earth" and play in the clay. Clay has a whole different texture than play dough and let's the children experience a fun medium. They also give lots of examples of how to start clay play. But, I have some concerns.
One article is totally immersed in the aspect of exposing children to clay. The author has no apprehension and has so many great ideas. It sounds fun.
Then article two, the author again is positive about playing with clay, but she has lots of "stipulations." Here is where I became concerned. She states that clay dust could be harmful if inhaled too often, children should wash their hands in buckets before using the sink as the clay could clog pipes, watch for certain types of clay--make sure you always purchase talc-free moist clay as talc contains asbestos, watch for mold, never let the children touch their face or mouth when using the clay, etc.
I was wondering if there were any people out there who commonly use clay with their children? How is the experience? I'm just looking for some feedback. Thanks.