Clay is a highly tactile and multi-sensorial material that helps interpret experiences and emotions into a three-dimensional form that aids in a child’s overall development. The project aimed at introducing a learning platform for preschoolers (3 years to 6 years) to freely express themselves by exploring this medium, aids in achieving their growth and developmental milestones. Understanding knowledge systems- preschoolers and their behaviour around the medium were thoroughly researched, observed and documented. Various institutions and studios were approached to gain knowledge and develop an understanding of the curriculum process and the response and behaviour of the learner around the same. A total of 8 clay workshops were conducted at Riverside and Anand Niketan schools in Ahmedabad to understand the behaviour of preschoolers while interacting with the medium, dependent as well as independent of any curriculum structure. These experiments helped to analyse the layers involved within the physical environment which influence the process of exploration. A set of six sessions with multiple clay activities were designed based on the learning and insights gained from the school workshops. The preschoolers motor, cognitive, psychological, and socio-emotional growth was observed by conducting offline and online test sessions. A service framework was then developed, and various approaches were mapped to introduce the benefits of exploring this medium to a greater audience.
Keywords: clay exploration, early child development, self-expression, service design, workshop
Student Name: Gargi Sharma
Guide: Ms. Neelima Hasija, Co-Guide: Dr. Gayatri Menon