THE BOOKSHOP IN YOUR HOME
by Preschools and Infant-toddler centres – Istituzione of the Municipality Reggio Emilia, and Reggio Children
We’re used to positioning black and white at the outer limits of our colour palettes, thinking of white almost as a non-colour, and black… as just black, hardly ever stopping to weigh up their nuances.
And yet both these colours are rich in shades, and like all colours depend heavily on the materials they are created in, and the light they are exposed to.
Children are highly skilled at perceiving the differences between nuances of colour, and we think it is important to support this competency in visuals and empathy by offering them contexts where they can maintain and “exercise” their skills.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR CHILDREN
Take different types of paper, of different sizes and thickness: ordinary sheets, thin card, wrapping tissue, and more.
Give the children markers that leave different kinds of traces: black felt-tip pens with large and small tips, hard and soft leaded pencils, black colouring pencils, black wax or oil crayons, charcoal, black inks, and more.
A mower that eats colours, Filippo, 4.2 years
Then you can try doing the opposite, offering children black surfaces and papers with markers that leave white traces.
At night the sun hides and goes to see the moon... Marzia, 4 years
After this, can we try and tell a story, in shades of blacks and whites?
The story can be told in words, or drawn, in a sequence like a cartoon.
These ideas are taken from the book:
MOSAIC OF GRAPHICS, WORDS, MATERIAL - Reggio Children Publishing