Young children explore their ideas through experiences with various learning materials. In “Modelando”, authors Roxana Salazar and Maria Carmen Schulze describe their work with young children growing up in Bolivia with limited access to resources. Children represent their understandings and develop hypotheses through modeling with clay. Stunning photography and text in English and Spanish share the authors’ premise that children can learn and express themselves through materials, given the nurturing of adults who see the possibilities in the resources and the potential of each child.
Modeling in early child development
Description of alternative techniques
- Clay molding and firing
- Home colored pasta
- Sawdust pasta
- Paper mache
- Sand and water