CLAY PLAY: Learning Games for Children by Henry & Michael McTwigan Post

CLAY PLAY: Learning Games for Children

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Most of the suggestions offered here (one per illustrated page) are of the sort that children might dream up on their own during an unstructured session: ""Stick a ball of clay onto your finger. What do you have? A fat finger. . .Take anything -- a block or a fork, for example -- and stick it in your clay. Take it away and look at the mark you made. . .Try making as many clay things as you can that all begin with the same letter. After that, try another letter."" Whether the same ideas will seem as kicky when derived from a book is another question. Toward the end there are projects that might yield results when introduced by adults (""How did the earth begin? From a ball of fire, a hunk of dust? Try telling the story of the earth's beginning with clay"") and others that must be of interest only to therapists (""Make two things. One that is 'Good' and one that is 'Bad.' What makes good things 'Good'? And what makes bad things 'Bad'?) The rather self-important afterword for adults, describing clay as a ""medium for providing information"" and prescribing it as an aid to mastering Erik Erikson's developmental stages, confirms that the book's most likely application is as a crutch for teachers and play directors who don't have any ideas of their own.

Pub Date: Jan. 26th, 1972
ISBN: 0131364081
Publisher: Prentice-Hall