When we introduce kids to clay for the first time in our class we like to let them have a full experience. We place a large mountain of clay on the table along with plastic knives, little wooden hammers and rolling pins and let them explore. They love pounding and cutting, rolling and manipulating the clay.
We also set out loose materials for inspiration and let the children create.
We have been talking about sculpture and read a book about Degas little dancer sculpture.
We talked about how sculpture is different from two dimensional forms of art work.