PLAYING TOGETHER AT HOME
by Preschools and Infant-toddler centres – Istituzione of the Municipality Reggio Emilia, and Reggio Children
Lots of small objects ‘inhabit’ our daily lives without us realising their beauty, and their strangeness!
They pass through our fingers, and sometimes we even eat them, appreciating their aroma and taste. But have we ever looked at them closely, and turned them around in front of our eyes?
Have we ever tried to fully understand their ‘identity’ and how they might put it aside with the help of our imagination, and turn into something quite different?
Let’s try and discover how many faces are hidden in these natural, seemingly commonplace objects. Let’s take a journey into their world.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR CHILDREN
Hold on tight!
We’re going to get up close to something very strange.
Take a look at this photograph.
What does it look like to you?
Don’t you think it seems like the skin of a giant snail?
it’s a walnut!
Have you ever studied one closely before you eat it?
|And look at that shape…
what does it remind you of?
It’s as hard as…
And no one walnut is exactly the same as another.
But they are delicious, aren’t they?
|What does it look like here?||
And if we put it this way?
The walnut is made of two pieces that seem glued together.
What do they make you think of when you see them like this?
And like this?
And what’s inside it?
Ahhh! You know what’s inside… you’ve already eaten it up!
Look at it like this. What does it remind you of?
What do these shapes look like to you?
And where does this come from?
What could these shapes transform into?
What do you say if we try and draw a walnut?
A whole walnut, half a walnut, what’s inside a walnut.
Or… what you would like there to be inside a walnut!
Just think, a man called Hamlet said:
I could be bound inside a nutshell,
and count myself a king of infinite space.
But perhaps he was exaggerating a bit.
Now we’re thinking about it, what is a walnut?
And who makes them? Where are they born? Do you know?
Shall we try and draw the place a walnut is born?
There are some very strange walnuts too.
What do you see in these shapes?
And what is this?
It’s the fruit of the Black walnut tree.
And inside is the seed: a black walnut.
When you open it, this is what you see.
What does it look like?
Are these walnuts too?
What could they transform into?
And what about these pistachios?
And where are we here?
It’s a lemon, cut and dried.
And now where have we got lost?
It reminds me of something…
And what does this look like?
It’s a strange world of fruits.
What does the fruit of a water chestnut remind you of?
Or of a eucalyptus tree?
Or of a lotus flower?
And what about the fruit of a tribulus or puncture vine plant?
Now it’s your turn to look around for some other interesting things,
and play the game of “this reminds me of…”