Rachel in Salzburg

October 7, 2009

Hi Rachel. Have just read your blog about your Salzburg/Villach trip. Thanks for taking all those photos. It really brought your visit to life. I am really sad not to be getting to Salzburg on this project and now I’m even sadder! You seemed to pack in loads in such a short visit. Did you feel that the ideas that you explored in the workshops were on familiar ground for these participants or that it was a very new way of working for them? Also is this a way of working that you have used directly with small children in Early Years settings or is it more a workshop to get the adults to develop their own understanding of play by freeing themselves up. The reason I am asking is because I am interested to know whether a small child, in your experience, can project a sense of life/character into their hands in the way that you were doing as adults in this workshop. Hope that question makes sense. Have had an rather exhausting day.




  1. Hi Rachel, fantastic documentation of your trip – have read it with total delight, like a child with a strawberry ice-cream. For some reason I’m not getting any notifications of new posts on the site so I have only just realised you had written so much by taking a chance look at it this evening. Can’t wait to read Helga’s write up of the workshop and also talk with you about further possibilities. I’m just so excited that everyone is getting so much out of the project!

    Take care, Ruth xxx

  2. Thanks for your feedback and Im glad you enjoyed reading my blog so much, as I had such a great experience. I am not receiving notifications of new posts either, so i am sorry i haven’t responded to your comments sooner. I am working so hard on the last stage of my Early years Professional status. To answer your questions Liz, it was a new way of working for the participants and added to their storytelling skill set.Transformational object play is a way of working with objects including the hand, as storytelling tools to facilitate children’s play. There are three main ways how we play with objects – functional, symbolic and fantastical. Children fluidly move between thses states and the adult responds, catering to the story. Small children have no problem in the belief their hand is now another character/being, particularly in direct response to the positive modelling of an adult re affirming the play.

  3. Thanks for your reply Rachel. Maybe I’ll get a chance one day to participate in one of your workshops. Sounds really interesting – and fun. Good luck with your Early Years Professional status.

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