Preschool Special Activities
 Objectives of the Museum’s activities for preschool children (3, 4 and 5 years):

1. Approach children to ceramics world.
2. Teach children about the stages of the ceramic materials: clay, drying and ceramic (after firing).

During this process, children will test with clay, which is quite interesting for them. This activity helps them to develop different sensory abilities and motor skills; furthermore it improves their creativity and plastic expression capacity.

Children will receive two pieces in a week after the firing (so they learn to be patient). The Museum calls these pieces “object-memory” because it will remind them their experience in the Museum and the knowledge acquired there. One of the pieces will be a useful one (Mother’s Day gift, decorative mask, Christmas decoration, Nativity scene figure, etc.) and the other one will be their free creation.

The visit is proposed as a game in which children will have to discover different ceramic objects. The objective of this visit is that children discover what ceramics is and which properties has, which “ingredients” form the mixture and how does this mixture hardens with the drying and how it becomes ceramic with the fire.

Children will learn about the transformation, behaviour and characteristics of ceramics, furthermore they will learn new adjectives which are the ones that we use when we talk about ceramics (hard, fragile, cold, wet, etc.).

Students will visit the museum: glass cases, roofs, computers, floors, walls, exhibitions, etc. The will think, give their opinion, talk with their classmates and learn through dialogue and observation. These are some of the questions we ask them:

.I’m going to show you some ceramics:
Do you have ceramic objects at home?
What objects made of ceramic do you know?
Let’s look for things made of ceramic.
What is ceramics used for?

Once the tour has finished, children rest for 30 minutes before we start the Modelling Workshop. The workshop is divided into two stages depending on the aim of the piece (Mother’s Day gift, animals, masks, Christmas decoration, etc.):

1. Modelling of the piece
2. Free (or with moulds) modelling of various pieces.

FIRST STAGE OF THE WORKSHOP
It is difficult for children to model recognizable objects. The first stage of the activity focuses on familiar modelling techniques: Plasticine mould modelling. The only difference they will find after modelling with Plasticine is that they are going to work with clay and with a bigger plaster mould.

This first stage must be quick because children love to model expressing what they are constantly feeling (visual and sensory stimuli, classmates’ comments, etc.). Once the piece is finished we must congratulate them in order they trust themselves and separate them from the pieces.

SECOND STAGE OF THE WORKSHOP
This stage is the free expression stage or creative stage. Once the first part of the workshop has finished we give them clay, small figures moulds (faces, fishes…), objects to create texture (sticks to model, to make holes, etc.) and we leave children total freedom to create and ask for all the material they need.

They say they create: pizzas, houses, mountains, snakes, helicopters, planes, hearts, dogs, crocodiles, pitchers and plates.
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