A recent study concludes that dirt contains microbes that help your kids become smarter and has natural anti-anxiety properties. In May 2010, Canada’s a local newspaper published an article* about research into clay by Dr.Dorothy Matthews. Dr.Matthews discovered that mucking about in good old Mother Earth calms and helps children focus when completing tasks due to the presence of vacuum bacterium in the clay. This bacterium produces serotonin in the brain stem by activating neurons and the serotonin that helps children to learn. The researchers noted that “we’ve become so urbanized that we risk losing a connection with an organism in nature that may actually be beneficial to humans.”
For over 30 years, Clay for Kids has seen how working with clay can produce a “magical” experience for kids of all ages. Clay is an organic composition of mineral and water that can calm the most active child. Children enjoy the tactile feel and mental stimulation and creativity that is provided by clay.
There is something very therapeutic about playing with clay for kids and adults. The tactile nature of clay lets young children develop their imaginations and their motor skills while having fun.
Clay is one of Earth’s more abundant materials and it’s a brilliant and fun way to get back to basics while also being creative and making things in 3D form, which you just don’t get from drawing or painting alone.