The Discovery Stage: Ages 3-4
- “piled” and stacked shapes and clumps
- very little detail
- squishing, pinching and poking
- pounding and hitting of playdough pieces with hands and tools
The language of this play at this stage is push, poke, squish, pinch, pound, and so forth. "Watch this!"
The Shape and Form Stage: Ages 4-5
- simple, recognizable forms
- more detail such as mouth and eyes
- beginning of “rolling” coiled, snake-like forms
- begins to make balls
- rolling out and cutting out of forms from cookie cutters and “pretending”
The language of this play is the narrative of the imagination.
Schematic: Ages 6-7-years-old
- Standing forms and objects
- attention to the details
- making balls and three dimensional shapes
- designs that have patterns and repetitions
- Using basic forms to create people and things in vertical position
The language of this stage is creativity.
Inspired by the work of Elesse Brown and Stokrocki.