Bear Caves

In the Atelier the children have been exploring clay.
This lesson we began with a fun book “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.
After acting out the story and singing along the children sat down to create their own bear caves.
To get started we cut the clay
(The older students were allowed to use wire to cut the clay)
Then the children came up with their own designs and strategies to construct their caves.
Some folded flattened pieces of clay over – some created a mound then pushed their fingers through to make a cave.
(Working with clay helps strengthening fine motor movements)
Children added to their clay more natural materials such as:


  • Developmental growth:
    • Manipulating (squishing, squeezing, pulling, pushing, etc)  a piece of clay helps develops the child’s large and small muscles – improving dexterity.
    • Fosters eye-hand coordination.
    • Builds a child’s ability to focus/builds attention span.
  • Mathematical Understandings:
    • Fosters beginning pattern making.
    • Builds an experiential understanding of 3-dimensional shapes.
    • Tactical experience of size and weight differences
  • Literacy growth:
    • builds vocabulary – pound, pinch, roll, flatten, poke, tear squeeze, coil, stretch, squash, twist, and bend
    • Creative story telling with clay pieces

And so much more!

(Ms Salena from Nature Lab even paid the Natural History Museum a visit to bring us a REAL brown bear skull!)Please check-out our awesome Carmel Mountain Preschool Art Studio here: The Art Studio – Carmel Mountain Preschool

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