The properties of clay compel sensory interaction, from fingers to toes.
So, we took a bag of red clay "dirt" outside onto the bricks for a no-shoes clay-play experience. The results were nothing short of a success. The clay was walked upon, jumped upon, stomped upon, tickled with toes and in return feet and hands were colored in a beautiful earthen red. After some time a hippo, some plastic people, and some seashells were integrated into the merriment of bare hands, bare feet, and bare clay.
With all the joy, what more could be asked for in the the beautiful morning light of a crisp autumn day?
"I'm upside down!" -several children