1. Manipulating a piece of clay develops the child’s large and small muscles.
2. Clay play fosters eye-hand coordination.
3. Clay is so fascinating that some children work for long periods without any adult motivation to maintain their interest. It can be a great way to extend the attention span of some children .
5. Clay stimulates the child’s curiosity. Intelligence, imagination, and creativity are engaged and fostered.
On a more personal note, clay is great for I get to finish reading my book without interruption because Julia, Rafael and Juan were busy playing clay.