“By means of documenting, the thinking – or the interpretation – of the documenter thus becomes material, that is, tangible and capable of being interpreted. […] In these fragments (images, words, signs, and drawings) there is the past, that which took place, but there is also the future (or rather what else can happen if…)”

Carla Rinaldi, in “Making learning visible”

With the material collected here, we want to make visible how children and adults give life to situations in which play becomes an opportunity to reflect on, recognize and re-elaborate knowledge.

These experiences are a starting point and an opportunity for dialogue and exchange with parents, teachers, educators, researchers and anyone interested in exploring the relationship between play and learning.

Reading guide

In the documentation you’ll find in this section, a visual code has been used to highlight some notes and details to the text:

– in green, with this icon (), skills and learning processes are highlighted;

– in purple, with this icon ( ), there are some more specific insights on the theme highlighted;

– in black, underlined and with this icon (), you can find links to other related documentation.

triplo viso strano

A theme that emerged at scintillae during children’s investigations and explorations of physical and digital materials regarding the theme of play and learning in the digital age was transformation.

buttons and elephants

During an open afternoon at scintillae,  children and adults were offered the chance to explore, play and experience some characteristic contexts.

The protagonists that day were Edoardo, 5 years old and Xue, 2.5 years old, who met each other for the first time. Xue, of Chinese origin, lives and goes to an infant-toddler center in Reggio Emilia, while Edoardo, Italo-American, lives in San Diego and was in Reggio Emilia on vacation.

scintillae summer camp 2019

From 8 to 12 July 2019 scintillae organized the first edition of the scintillae summer camp.

Together with the group of girls and boys, during the week we have imagined, designed and created a playful context to offer to those who will come to scintillae in the future.

other countries, other voices

The group of 6 children (aged 8-11) who attended the week of scintillae summer camp included Seryka, an 8-year-old Japanese girl who didn’t speak either Italian or English. This unique and special opportunity gave us the chance to reflect on and observe how Seryka related to us and to other children and vice versa.

oaks, cakes and spaghetti

During the week-long summer camp, the materials, plants and people who inhabit scintillae offered opportunities for new exploration, investigation and tinkering. Their inventions and ideas gave rise to new creations.
Oaks, cakes, spaghetti… materialized.

Online Workshop “Brif Bruf Braf”

The short story “Brif Bruf Braf” by Gianni Rodari is a story based on language and its misunderstandings. Two children in the courtyard speak to each other using a made-up language and two elderly people, a man and a woman, observe them.

Online Workshop “Mondi Favolosi”

The workshop “Mondi Favolosi” aimed at the shared exploration of the domestic space of each participant through the research and classification of some objects with precise characteristics, so as to create a material archive and a character with the elements they found.

Online Workshop “Biciclette Fantastiche”

The “Biciclette Fantastiche” workshop was part of a programme of events around the theme of sustainability, entitled “We are all on the same bike” organized by Remida, the Creative Recycle Centre. In the workshop participants were proposed to design together an “imaginary” bicycle, a dream bicycle, therefore also an impossible bicycle, and then to realize it together, assembling some graphic elements that the atelieristas had previously identified and prepared in a digital “whiteboard” accessible to all.