258/365: the snake and the house (phonetography)

It is always surprising to see what can be imagined out of a load of old tiles and loose parts. 3 year old Sophie stretched her imagination along the table to create these slinky snake that dwarfed her friend Arthur’s house.

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255/365: one day the animals will take over

Sneaky animal silhouettes appear large-scale on the wall in an immersive installation space for young children. The power of shadow play can never be underestimated as it taps into the imagination and reveals unexplored psycho-dramas as the children act out different scenarios. Here, they reflect on ideas, narratives, and anxieties absorbed from their understanding of the real world and try to overcome their fears and conflicts and find solutions.

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254/365: mid-autumn festival celebrations (the boy who loved the moon)

The Nursery 2 children came to visit a darkened Room 6. Here, images and animations related to stories about the moon were projected. The children had brought lanterns made in class to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival - celebrated by people in China and South East Asian countries. Here, they imagined themselves blasting off into space to a full moon and they began to dance with their bright flashing lanterns.

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253/365: stretch and grow like a tree

Today in the mysterious Room 6, more exploration of the use of space, materials, light and shadows occurred. Little Arran seemed particularly fascinated by the thin, clear shadow lines of a branch which he held up over his head. He positioned the branch, holding it in different ways. Positioning it in the gaps of light on the wall.

“It’s a Y,” he decided. “I want it to grow up like a tree.”

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251/365: animal kingdom

Another day, hanging out with young children in dark, shadowy, immersive spaces, telling stories..

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248/365: building a forest

Room 6 has been converted into a mysterious dark room. Here groups of children excitedly meet their shadows, listen and look out for mysterious creatures, tell and act out stories and invent solutions through creative, dramatic play.

Keep an eye on this blog for more and please click on my Flickr link to see the coloured version here.

246/365: round and round the garden

A box of natural, sensory delights, collected from the garden for our ReUsable Space.

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242/365: a fire in the forest

4 year old Harry examined the natural materials on the table with a kaleidoscope viewfinder.

“There are fireballs. They keep firing into the trees," he announced.

“Do you know, they’re cutting all the trees down in the jungle? There’s fire, and all the animals are about to die."

"Can we save the jungle and the animals?" I asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said sadly.

Then he began to act out his solution, using the kaleidoscope tube as a hose to put the fire out. He found a large wooden block and then told me seriously, “There’s a waterfall… here… yes. But there’s no more water.”

He pointed to a silver bauble on the table: “That makes all fireballs. You shouldn’t have that in here as it makes real fireballs.”

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241/365: the tallest giraffe

5 year old Sean found a box of small glass tiles and began to line them up. He spent time creating the body and legs before making a short neck. "It's a giraffe," he told us.

His friend pinched some of his tiles and he became upset and spent time negotiating to get some back. Then he found another box of tiles, removed the "giraffe's head" and began to elongate the neck along the width of the table.

"The giraffe is growing," he decided. "It's growing taller and taller. Now it's the tallest giraffe."

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240/365: animal alphabet rocket

Summer stacked the tiles as high as they could go. “We’re building a rocket that’s going to shoot up into the sky!” she declared.

“Let’s put the rocket on the shelf,” decided her friend (after the tile structure toppled onto the floor by accident). “They can read the alphabet!”

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