Exploring Textiles: A Reggio Provocation

Today is our first Reggio Emilia provocation activity! I’m so excited to be introducing this newly added element that is incorporated into our current curriculum, Leaping Lilies.  If you are not sure what a Reggio Provocation is, don’t worry, I will post a blog on Friday with an explanation.  For today, it is helpful to understand that a provocation has absolutely no objective. It is advisable and enjoyable to just sit and observe what your tot does and see where it takes you!

On alternating Mondays I blog about a Reggio Emilia Provocation Activity 

 

This week’s Theme: Bath Time

Description of Provocation: Exploring Textiles: Provide swatches of towel/cloth, pieces of sponge, mini loofahs, stamp pad and paper

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years+ 4 months

 

Set Up (The display for a provocation should be visually appealing and intriguing)

  • I chose to use a spring theme because the first official day of spring has just passed and the girls have been asking about going for walks and going to the playground.

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The Materials (The items included in your provocation)

  • Art Supplies: Stamp pad, markers, poster paper
  • Textiles: Since our theme is bath time, I chose textiles related to bathing (loofahs, sponges, cloths with different textures)

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Initial Reactions (First responses, if any, to the provocation)

  • Exploring the textiles: M showed interest in this, O, not so much.

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  • Creating a wall mural: They were both pretty excited about this.

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  • Stamping: They used the textiles to stamp

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It’s important to note that I did not give them any direction of any sort.  The provocation and your child’s curiosity, imagination and/or prior knowledge will provide direction.

 

Secondary Reactions(Upon further inspection and manipulation……)

  • The decorative tree: This became a focal point of conversation and interest
M & O discuss the tree and its elements

M & O discuss the tree and its elements

O decorates the eggs, citing a book we recently read

O decorates the eggs, citing a book we recently read

The completion of our first interaction with this provocation table

The completion of our first interaction with this provocation table

 

Observations & Moving Forward: (This is where your job comes in!  After observing and listening, consider ways in which you can add to or extend the provocation, based on what your tot did)

Here are the things I noted:

  • At one point M said to O, “Shhh!  Baby birds come out of the eggs”.
  • As mentioned above, O decided to decorate the eggs as she remembered this happening in a story we read a couple of weeks ago; M excitedly joined in.
  • O also mentioned that it would be nice if the eggs could open and there would be surprises inside.

Extension:

  • Since much of the excitement and interest revolved around the eggs in the tree, tomorrow I will show them a video clip about eggs (from hen to your home, to all the things we can do with eggs).  We will discuss it and see where the conversation takes us as to what we could do next.  -For example, maybe they would show an interest in cooking eggs, we could do an experiment about all the different ways to cook eggs.
  • On the original provocation table, I will add some plastic eggs and/or possibly a couple of hard boiled eggs and see where that goes. – For example, maybe they would decide to make things to put into the plastic eggs as a surprise, or maybe they will want to decorate them.

The possibilities are endless!!!!

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