My work begins from my practical experience in play workshops, which is reflected through the theory of play education, and vice versa. Exploring a traditional game means discovering its family – bowling, for example, belongs to the family of throwing games – its history and possible contacts between cultures, as well as among its players. Moreover, traditional games represent an endless source of personal stories to be told.
By exploring traditional games in the classroom, we are able to connect different subject areas and stimulate the curiosity of children with infinite questions: what are the principles that underlie the equilibrium of a spinning top? What shape does a cup and ball game have in different countries? What games did the Romans love to play?
The possibilities to work interdisciplinary starting from games towards history with geography, art with science are infinite.
The format includes:
1- Training and didactic tools for teachers;
2- Workshops for children, ages 6-17, with packages of 3,5,7 sessions (classroom and outdoor);
3- Co-planning of interdisciplinary projects about/with play.
The workshops are suitable to be intergenerational and can therefore involve the participation of parents, grandparents.
This interdisciplinary approach is complemented by ludic-motor activities and soft skills, such as personal and social skills, skills relating to citizenship, and cross-cutting skills, such as cooperation, respect for the common good and environmental awareness.
Rediscovering traditional games
means passing on a variety of play forms
and discovering similarities among the cultures of the world.