Snippet: Fairy Tale House - Daycare North (2022)
How have you experienced the co-creation between artist/cultural educator/cultural school teacher, educators and children and possibly researcher?
It was an exciting, educational and good collaboration. The artist was good at involving the target group and captured the children's attention. When challenges arose, we quickly talked and corrected the situation so that it worked for the next action.
How have children's perspectives been expressed/included?
The children were asked to bring something from home that symbolized their dreams for the future, this was very important to the children and they spent a lot of time talking and involving each other in their dreams. This is something the children have subsequently returned to several times.
Do the children play different games and with different people than they usually do?
After the actions and the whole process, the children were very inspired by the play area in the playground that had been created through the actions. They talked a lot about and played under the "Yggdrasil" where their dreams were hanging.
How do pedagogical staff act differently than they did before PlayArt?
The educators have been inspired to use the outdoor space in a new way and how stories and fairy tales can be communicated outside and used for play.
What has it been like to work with action learning?
It has been an exciting and challenging process to work from a sense of wonder but with an idea of what the process should be, but to be challenged by following the children's tracks so that the process is completely different than expected. The educators learned to "let go of the reins" It proved to be difficult but very rewarding and we will definitely work with this in the future. Following the children's tracks has been hugely rewarding, suddenly we saw the world through their stories.
What are educators still/now curious about?
To continue working with stories in the outdoor space as a framework for play.
How will you use art, culture and aesthetic processes in the future?
The educators will try to convey the same process with other children. The dream tree "Yggdrasil" will be made anew and some of the games such as "Reverse hide and seek" and "Fenris the wolf" will be played much more.
What points of attention do we need to take forward?
Definitely following the children's lead and letting go of control and planning. We want to follow the children and be much more process-oriented rather than focusing on the product.