Snow story: Børnehuset Ålsgårde Børnehave (2022)
How have you experienced the co-creation between artist/cultural educator/cultural school teacher, educators and children and possibly researcher?
Very educational to be together with the artist, Lars and children - the children know when we start with PlayArt.
Colleagues have become closer.
As a new employee in the house - great to be part of an equal project.
We are here in different roles and interesting to be in the meeting/co-creation together.
It relies on us engaging and reflecting and allowing ourselves to be in the process.
The educators' knowledge of the children at the practice level and our differences are taken into account in the organization.
The educator sees that all children contribute and wants to help develop the games.
They are allowed to shape the play. They feel that everything is allowed, only a little controlled, it's all about contributing.
Everyone contributes to the framework.
Artists are all about co-creation - and being open to what is happening and that it is happening in the community.
How have children's perspectives been expressed/included?
"You have to choose what you want to be - use what we have chosen - . it's good you chose it - it was just what we needed"
It's new and they take the invitation from us.
We chose to use their ideas in all games and they were really happy with that.
They became more participative and free to play.
Many children have experienced that their initiatives are taken seriously and that their contributions are included in the games.
Many children actively participate and continue playing the same games at different times of the day and invite new children in the doctor's office.
Do the children play different games and with different people than they usually do?
They play together a lot more and invite new children to join in their shared games.
We have a child who does not participate in the communal games and sings alone. He feels that he is involved anyway, just not actively, but we can see this in the subsequent games and conversations he has with the employee.
Several of the children have many conversations about insects. For example, they bring pee ants from home.
Play better throughout the day, they have become better at joint play
Preoccupied with playing, they don't have time to be upset. Fewer conflicts.
Want to play and be part of the community.
Adults have become good at staying in the game, not leaving.
Fun when the adults are the one in the middle in a shared game.
The violence we used to experience in the playground has changed, as two children picking flowers created a story about robots telling you not to destroy nature etc.
The games make it easier to talk about taking care of our nature and playground.
Acting out the stories and dramatizing so you remember it in your body, it gives a common reference that we have experienced something together, we create learning together that we can use to talk about in the future.
They still throw things but are better at taking care of the animals.
The children talk to each other about taking care of things.
How do pedagogical staff act differently than they did before PlayArt?
Got to know some children in a different way through play.
We step into a new space together and get to know each other. Both customers and employees see new resources in each other.
We've learned that play can change. The basic essence is there, but it can run away in the new play community.
Play familiar games in new ways, e.g. the snail is sleeping and the rule is that everyone is involved and the rule is that the game can change.
We are more physical - much more active on the floor, in the gravel.
We've kicked off the idea of playing joint games in the playground.
A new common start after Corona - we need to build on.
What has it been like to work with action learning?
The reflection room has been great, we are looking for new ideas and organization for next time.
- Focus on how we got big boys involved in games
- Aware of the diversity of the rooms.
- We're with the same kids, so we see the same things
- The luxury of reflection
- It makes so much sense to reflect together
- We get deeper into the action and we get to know each other better
- We learn from each other and change to make what we do better
- We throw balls that each other catches
To the artist/cultural educator/cultural school teacher, if present: What have you gained from participating in LegeKunst?
A: Exciting to try out the outdoor element. Great to be part of a program and be allowed to experiment
We find that we appreciate each other more through creative play.
We need to explore what theater can do for children and adults and be curious about it and give the kids.
Allowed to experiment in co-creation.
But employees don't have to do it just like me. Maybe with less fuss.
If children and employees invest in the community, it's possible to create great play and create energy.
Usually I have an hour to be dynamic.
L: the reflection meetings - the same situation from several angles - new to be part of the community and experience that it can bring the group together and can bear the participation of many children - there is a good atmosphere here nuances of play can be open-ended.
Fun when the sign is right on the edge - the kids think it's fun and they are disturbed.
What are educators still/now curious about?
Focus on the material - make things alive and playful.
Talked about the outdoor space and continue to play together - we want to be more playful and physical,
Play changes - we need to make sure we're having fun - develop being in the room - kids don't walk away anymore.
If we can keep the children interested in joining in - more new shared games - it can rub off on the other children - more storytelling - - the group can be a culture carrier for younger children - hold on to the common language.
How will you use art, culture and aesthetic processes in the future?
Support our wonder and create a new story
LegeKunst has been a new way of playing - conscious of how we can use the aesthetic approach - new to our play pedagogy - we need to be aware of being distracted by multiple artists.
Use aesthetic expression more.
Drama can help you understand each other's feelings and read signals.
It's much better when children dramatize themselves. They can feel and recognize it.
What points of attention do we need to take forward?
We want to create a framework for children's own initiatives for joint play.
Organization of bodies.
As we move forward, everyone should be allowed to participate.
Uses the inspiration of the artist.
Be mindful to see play as a basic process with a beginning, middle and end