Jumping Clay – Learn Through Play

Event Information

Date: 16 Jul 2014 until 18 Jul 2014
Time: All Day
Europe Direct Centre: Ballinasloe Library
Location: Ballinasloe Library; Portumna Library; Loughrea Library; Eyrecourt Library; Killimor Library; Woodford Library

Event Description

jumping clay

Jim Daly, based in Tuam, Co. Galway, runs The Republic of Ireland’s only Jumping Clay academy.

Jumping Clay provides a hands-on learning tool through the use of the wonderful clay products. Manipulatives like these have been utilised for many years in educational environment. Research around the world, at many different levels confirms that using a manipulative as an educational tool, helps increase achievement across the board. Findings suggest that there is a significant increase in the following:

  • Verbalising thinking
  • Discussing concepts & ideas
  • Concentration levels
  • Enhanced spatial awareness by use of a 3-Dimensional medium
  • Relating real world situations to educational symbolism
  • Collaborative working among peers
  • Divergent thinking finding many solutions to a single problem
  • Creative expression
  • Taking ownership of the learning experience
  • Gain confidence in their own abilities

The use of JumpingClay as your chosen manipulative, alongside the specially developed educational programmes will also help to:

  • Relax the participants
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Enhance memory retention
  • Develop hand-eye coordination
  • Increase their artistic skill
  • And of course have fun at the same time!

Using a hands-on learning approach to teaching both in the classroom and in an extended environment not only helps student grasp and retain concepts with ease. It makes the entire teaching process more effective.

Ballinasloe EDIC is running six Jumping Clay workshops from Wednesday July 16 – Friday July 18 in the East Galway library locations of Ballinasloe, Portumna, Loughrea, Eyrecourt, Killimor & Woodford.