Playing with clay has so many benefits for our children’s learning and development. Both small and large movements (Gross and Fine Motor Skills) are needed to work this medium and the dialogue generated involves what they have experienced before, and also new creative story making. I heard talk about making cakes, jumping in muddy puddles and good use of descriptive words:-push, pull, squeeze, squish etc. Some of the children who stayed for an extended amount of time mentioned the ingredients they were putting in their recipes. The levels of engagement were deep and provided new routes for learning, playing and investigating.