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Children and Clay


Working with clay generates a knowledge of different materials and techniques, and a joyful attitude towards curiosity, exploration, pre-imagining, experimenting, and evaluating.

What relations are we seeing and supporting in children’s sculptural-plastic explorations? How does constructing with clay support other languages and vice-versa?

In this webinar we will try to answer these questions, and others, starting from experience here in Reggio Emilia.

A series of Webinars

Clay is a malleable material and highly sensitive to manipulation. Thanks to its creative, exploratory, and transformative properties clay suggests ways of learning, stimulating the senses and imagination.
In conversations with clay children find they are the authors of marks and incisions, they explore clay materially, performing gestures and actions, producing unexpected effects, imitating companions, constructing together, and creating characters and objects that represent an idea, or a thought. Teachers position themselves at the point of encounter between clay and children, ready to highlight the value of children’s tries, discoveries, and surprises.

What relations are we seeing and supporting in children’s sculptural-plastic explorations? How does constructing with clay support other languages and vice-versa?
In this webinar we will try to answer these questions, and others, starting from experience here in Reggio Emilia.

Included in the cost

New for this season: on purchasing your live webinar you will now be able to replay and watch it for a week.


- Q&A with teachers, educators, pedagogistas, and atelieristas who work, or have worked, in Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler centres and preschools, and with Reggio Children

- Reggio Children Webinar certificate of participation

- membership of the Reggio Emilia Approach digital community

- simultaneous translation into English 

- bibliography

Info for participating in the webinar


Webinars will be conducted in Italian with simultaneous translation into English. Select your preferred language, Italian or English, by clicking “INTERPRETATION” on the Webinar platform.



All Webinar times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is local time in Italy. Please be careful to calculate what time this corresponds to in your own location before deciding which Webinar to sign up for.



One hour before your chosen webinar we will send a link to the email address provided during enrolment.

You can also connect to your webinar, one hour before the start, by clicking “connect” in your reserved area on the relevant webinar page.

If you do not find an email link to your webinar meeting in your Inbox, please check the spam, social, and promotions sections of your post.



We will be using Zoom video conferencing for all the webinars. If you are using a phone or a tablet please download the Zoom app onto your device.

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We would advise you to use a laptop, desktop, or tablet rather than a phone. The webinars are very visual.



Under no circumstances may photographs or videos of speakers and their multimedia documentation/presentations be taken.

Educational material (multi media documentation in PowerPoint, video recordings etc.) presented during the Webinar, cannot be ceded, either to organizers or to participants.



A bibliography of reference reading material will be published the day after your Webinar.  You can find the reading list  in your reserved area, in YOUR PURCHASES, under the webinar you attended, in RESOURCES.  



The day after the event you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the webinar you have attended in your reserved area. You can find the certificate in YOUR PURCHASES, under the webinar you attended, in RESOURCES.



After 3 days, a recording of the live webinar will be made available in your reserved area, in the section YOUR PURCHASES, under the webinar you attended, in RESOURCES

Please note: if the webinar live is on Thursday, the registration will be available starting from the following Tuesday.

The webinar recording will be available for a week.


Maddalena Tedeschi

Maddalena Tedeschi is a Pedagogista, Responsible for the Complex Organisation Unit of the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of Reggio Emilia Municipality, and coordinates the “Diana” municipal preschool. For Reggio Children, she collaborates on realising projects involving publishing, exhibitions, and professional learning, in Italy and abroad.

Matteo Bini

Matteo Bini has been an atelierista with the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres, municipality of Reggio Emilia, since 2008.
Currently he works in the role of atelierista at “La Villetta” municipal preschool in Reggio Emilia.

For Reggio Children he collaborates on the realisation of publishing projects, and on professional development initiatives through participating in seminars and workshops in Italy and other countries.

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