If you’ve ever pushed your hands into a piece of wet clay, you’ll likely have a sense of the therapeutic properties of the material. The physicality of clay, and its vast potential for creativity, have attracted children and adults alike for centuries. Today it’s a proven method for art therapy. An art psychotherapist recently devised a study to measure the effects of clay art therapy and found that creating objects out of clay improved mood, decision-making and motivation.
For children that have trouble self-regulating their emotions, clay can also be a good educational tool. It allows you to make mistakes and accept that things don’t always turn out how you expected. You can embrace what you’ve made or start again learning from your experience.
When the clay has dried, the children can paint it in stimulating bright colours. In the session photographed, some added a splash of glitter.
In addition to this working with clay helps children to: