PLAYING TOGETHER AT HOME
by Preschools and Infant-toddler centres – Istituzione of the Municipality Reggio Emilia, and Reggio Children
Even the most commonplace objects reveal surprises when we look at them closely, or observe them with the tools of technology. We can find a different viewpoint and “rediscover” objects around us, by using cameras and phones.
The play of light and shadow, or playing around with magnifying and movement, all create encounters with new forms, new colours, and new images: objects concealed within objects, and forms hidden inside other forms.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR CHILDREN
CREATING PHOTO RIDDLES
First of all, after you’ve chosen an object you like, take a picture of it where the object is immediately recognisable.
Next, try and take a picture where you can only tell what a small part of the object is.
Try to take a picture that “transforms” the object, or “disguises” it, but in such a way that something reminds you of the original.
One picture probably won’t be enough, and it might take several attempts before you find your “new” object, but this is the most interesting part of the game.
Working in two’s, or in teams, take it in turns to go hunting for “photo riddles”, then see if your friends or the other team can guess what’s in your riddle picture .
You could even play this game remotely with your friends, for example you could send friends your riddle pictures using WhatsApp.
It would be lovely if we could see all these different riddles on one big screen, say a computer screen or a television screen, and fully appreciate all their expressive strength and potential.
When we make a picture riddle, all the “wrong” answers are precious too, because they’re things the photograph has suggested to us, “imaginaries”, or new realities our riddle has created.
We have had some fun and games too, making photo riddles for you to look at. See if you can guess what they are.