The main purpose of the sludge studies at an early age is to develop natural skills and turn them into creative activities. As a perfect combination of imagination and the desire for curiosity, mud games are an activity that children enjoy. The child learns to express their dreams in a concrete way by using ceramic clay. There is a parallel between the development of thought and imagination and the use of hands. In this respect, ceramic works contribute to both mental and physical development. Researches carried out in the ceramic work; It shows that there is a good preparation for art fields that require intensive dexterity such as music and painting. The child learns to work with the group by working with ceramics, adopts the consciousness of society, develops the direction of creativity, brings different solutions to the problems, gains self-confidence, expresses itself more easily. He begins to think independently and to implement it. Recognizes different materials and produces original products. Learns to use various instruments, develops the ability to use instruments.
Now let's listen to the suggestions of the sculptor Şükriye Sarı on the subject and see what works we can do at home…
As ceramic clay, it is also possible to obtain sludge in a more economical way as well as where you can buy ready-to-use sludge. Mix the soil you will get from the garden (from different materials, stones, plant stalks, etc “) and mix with water and knead on a wooden floor until it does not stick to your hand. Just like the dough, the mud is ready to work when it doesn't stick to your hand and reaches an easily formed consistency.
While your child is working, protect the remaining sludge in the bag and remove it as it works. This prevents your sludge from drying out. Once your child is finished shaping, you can leave it to dry clearly. If you use special ceramic sludge, you can take the drying work to a ceramic workshop near you and bake it.
If you want to keep a moment of fun with your child, you can play a game with this material.
After pressing your child's hand on the mud plate that you will open (the palm will stick to the mud), you can make a surprise work by filling the plaster with the resulting gap.
Fill up to half of any deep container (half or one liter is enough for the first trial). Pour the plaster over the water. The water will constantly absorb the plaster (when plaster casts occur on the water, the water is saturated with the plaster). You can then mix the plaster with your hands and pour this mixture into the handprint where you make a solid wall of mud all over again. After about 30 minutes, you can easily separate the mud and the plaster and share a pleasant surprise with your child.
A play vehicle in the mud, Sukriye Yellow. Çoluk Children's Journal, 16/2002.