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Children and Clay

This webinar is part of SERIES OF WEBINARS ON THE 100 LANGUAGES - The 100 languages of children and adults. These webinars were recorded in October-November 2020..

This webinar is on demand. You can view it whenever you like for 6 months after purchase, in your personal area.


Clay is a malleable material and highly sensitive to manipulation. Thanks to its creative, exploratory, and transformative properties clay suggests ways of learning, stimulating the senses and imagination.

In conversations with clay children find they are the authors of marks and incisions, they explore clay materially, performing gestures and actions, producing unexpected effects, imitating companions, constructing together, and creating characters and objects that represent an idea, or a thought.

Teachers position themselves at the point of encounter between clay and children, ready to highlight the value of children’s tries, discoveries, and surprises.

What relations are we seeing and supporting in children’s sculptural-plastic explorations?
How does constructing with clay support other languages and vice-versa?

In this webinar we will try to answer these questions, and others, starting from experience here in Reggio Emilia.

Maddalena Tedeschi

Maddalena Tedeschi is a Pedagogista, Responsible for the Complex Organisation Unit of the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of Reggio Emilia Municipality, and coordinates the “Diana” municipal preschool. For Reggio Children, she collaborates on realising projects involving publishing, exhibitions, and professional learning, in Italy and abroad.

Matteo Bini

Matteo Bini has been an atelierista with the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres, municipality of Reggio Emilia, since 2008.
Currently he works in the role of atelierista at “La Villetta” municipal preschool in Reggio Emilia.

For Reggio Children he collaborates on the realisation of publishing projects, and on professional development initiatives through participating in seminars and workshops in Italy and other countries.

Video themes:
Ateliers and languages of expression Infant-toddler centre Educational philosophy (Reggio Emilia Approach) Documentation Spaces Image of the child Organisation

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