Feeling and Form

We at school, provide the nursery children with a wide range of experiences which are full of feeling, both sensory and emotional and therefore full of meaning for them. We place at the disposal of the younger children such basic physical materials as sand, water, clay, wood, stone, soil, air and sound, together with paints, paper, marking media and fibres.

Equally important are abstract materials such as shapes, sizes, colours, numbers and words. Now each child discovers through experimenting that some of these materials more suitable than others to convey a particular type of experience and his involvement and curiosity is so intense that he seems to identify with these materials completely. A child who attempts to make his own relationship with clay or Plasticine will pummel and knead, poke and flatten and hammer until the material and the child become one, and the visual results are the effects of the feeling which consumed the child as he worked. Feeling-and form are two aspects to a single experience which lend meaning to the child. Many such experiences contribute to the development of a child as a whole in the early years of childhood.