Painting beyond paper: A Reggio-inspired provocation with tempera paint and plexiglass

This is like the red sun when it’s darker. When it is night time the red sun comes out and it’s just like the red sun. Althea, 3.5 We use tempera paint a lot, on paper, but mostly on bodies. After a ‘learning episode’ where A painted her little sisters hair red (and the catContinue reading “Painting beyond paper: A Reggio-inspired provocation with tempera paint and plexiglass”

Co-constructing Reggio-inspired invitation’s and provocations at home with young children.

What are invitations and provocations? Reggio-inspired invitations and provocations come from our children’s ideas and theories, they are our response to what we have noticed in our children’s child-led play and inquiries. Although they are intentional they are still open-ended in nature with no prescribed outcome. They are an invitation to explore, discover, investigate andContinue reading “Co-constructing Reggio-inspired invitation’s and provocations at home with young children.”

How can we make water play and inquiry with young children more sustainable?Thinking with drips and drops

Because we live in such a hot and humid climate, water play is a huge part of our days at home. We usually fill the water tray up in the morning and in the afternoon we sometimes fill up our paddling pool. The girls get so much out of it but the amount of waterContinue reading “How can we make water play and inquiry with young children more sustainable?Thinking with drips and drops”

Inquiry-based tempera paint provocation for young children: All the shades of blue

“Encounters between children and materials are generally extremely rich in suggestive qualities, memories and meanings, without much intervention on part of the teacher” Vea Vecchi When I first introduce liquid tempera paint to young children I usually offer just one or two primary colours and white. If I provide all three primary colours we veryContinue reading “Inquiry-based tempera paint provocation for young children: All the shades of blue”

Exploring neighbourhood nature with young children: Clay flower prints

Today on our nature walk we collected fists full of wild flowers growing on patches of grass around our neighbourhood and brought them home to make prints. I pulled out a small block of grey air dry clay and a mat. Althea found the circle cookie cutters and the rolling pins. Ottilie busied herself withContinue reading “Exploring neighbourhood nature with young children: Clay flower prints”

Documenting a Reggio-inspired first encounter with clay and water

In early childhood, materials are closely connected to making. They are often set out for children to make or create something with, frequently with the assumption that children are full of ideas just waiting to be expressed through these materials. Yet as Hillrvi Lenz Taguchi (2010) describes, ‘the material world acts on our thinking asContinue reading “Documenting a Reggio-inspired first encounter with clay and water”

How to extend a first encounter with charcoal through reggio-inspired provocations

Over the course of a few weeks I noticed that whenever I found Althea (3.5) at the art table she had a black crayon in her hand. She always asked for the black tempera paint and was intent on mixing her watercolours until they transformed into a dark muddy shade. I reflected on how IContinue reading “How to extend a first encounter with charcoal through reggio-inspired provocations”

Morning Time Art Appreciation with Young Children: Vincent Van Gogh

During our ‘Morning Time’ we have been reading the Katie series of books about Vincent Van Gogh by James Mayhew. These wonderful ‘living books‘ are a great way of introducing art appreciation to young children. Before the sun is even up you will find us sat around the dining table reading Katie and the starryContinue reading “Morning Time Art Appreciation with Young Children: Vincent Van Gogh”

Documenting our Reggio-inspired Invitation to ‘Clay’

I believe that clay’s properties make it a much more versatile and sustainable media than the more popular alternative, playdough. The surface of clay is smooth and cool, its mass is weighty and dense. I appreciate it’s need for greater exertion, more pressure, more time, more care and its ability to take shape and transform.Continue reading “Documenting our Reggio-inspired Invitation to ‘Clay’”