PLAYING TOGETHER AT HOME
by Preschools and Infant-toddler centres – Istituzione of the Municipality Reggio Emilia, and Reggio Children
Paper material is present in our homes in a multitude of varieties and quantities, sometimes in unexpected ways.
This proposal, for children aged 0 to 3 years old, aims to try and reveal the secrets of paper* and open up new imaginaries, through multi-sensory explorations that focus on the body as a tool of sensing and perceiving, of knowing, and of learning.
IN SEARCH OF PAPER
We’re inviting you, together with your youngest children, to go in search of different kinds of paper. We can assure you, you’ll find so many you’ll be amazed at the result!
> oven paper
> kitchen roll
> paper napkins
> paper bags
> corrugated paper (from packets of crackers, biscuits, savoury snacks)
> aluminium kitchen foil
> aluminium foil baking tins
> stiff card from packets
> printing paper
> paper straw for food use
> shiny magazine paper
> wrapping paper
A MATERIAL CARPET, OF PAPER
Now lay the papers out on the floor, or on a large table, trying to put them together in such a way as to vary the size, the colour, the thickness, and the texture (smooth, rough, lightweight, heavy, corrugated, etc.) until you have carpets of material.
How you prepare this context is important and it will take sensitivity and thoughtfulness.
If you like you can fix the papers to the floor, or the surface of the table, by putting pieces of adhesive paper tape on the back.
Together with the children try observing the materials, at a distance, close up (perhaps you even have a magnifying lens), try touching them with your hands, with your bare feet (if they’re on the floor), and make the papers converse with the light from a torch.
Then, almost like a sound keyboard, we can discover what sounds the papers are capable of making, by stroking them, scratching, tapping, scraping them slowly, or quickly, perhaps with the help of a small wooden stick, or a metal one.
Gestures that make sounds, and sounds that make new gestures.
> Do you like the it?
> What do you feel when you stroke it?
> Which papers become more beautiful with the light?
> Let’s try and listen to the sounds of these papers. Which sounds do you like most?
> What does this sound like?
If you like, over the days, you can transform your carpets based on what you have discovered, by changing the papers around, adding new ones, increasing quantities, and other variations.
* The secrets of paper is an exhibition-atelier showing at the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia