October at the MUBA Children's Museum: the program Childrenshare

1-31 October

crammed with unmissable events right up to the end of the month

September, the fifth and second-last month of Childrenshare, is drawing to an end. During this last month, three of the 20 projects selected have been activated at MUBA, and there's still another month left to visit Childrenshare which - like the Milan Universal Exposition - concludes its six months of activity on October 31st. And now that schools have begun their new scholastic year, they can book their visits during the morning hours dedicated for them (booking first, as always, on 02 43980402).

Seasonal fruit and vegetables, the world of bees, and technology galore

From October 1st to 4th Childrenshare welcomes back TUTTIFRUTTI, by Obelo, i.e. the duo Claude Marzotto and Maia Sambonet: a play-workshop dedicated to the biodiversity of seasonal fruit and vegetables, which children explore on paper using various creative techniques including letterpress printing, direct drawing, collage, and so creating an individual graphic image which then becomes part of a collective display. The process starts with direct observation of biodiversity on a special selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables, and then uses the graphic images inspired by them as tools to stimulate curiosity at table, learning how to recognize new vegetal forms. "The World of Bees", programmed for the last weekend of September, will also feature in Childrenshare on the first weekend in October (3rd and 4th)… and booking is always advised. From 6th to 18 will be the turn of "Playful table-laying. Tables over the centuries", run by 'Memoria&Progetto': this is a stimulating activity focused on the evolution of tables laid for meals, from ancient Rome to today, using images from the history of art and simplified reproductions of utensils from different historical periods. As the final Childrenshare project, concluding our six fantastic months, we will offer "Bio-nourishment for the Planet: the future of energy", run by POST (Perugia Officina per la Scienza e la Tecnologia). Where does a plant hide its energy? What is the difference between renewable energy sources and non-renewable ones? A learning path which introduces children and teenagers to the energy of the future: biomass, photosynthesis and plant energy reserves will be the main themes of enjoyable activities which stimulate awareness and show the correct use of natural resources.

A September featuring fun and useful workshops

During September, Childrenshare had the honor of playing host to three great projects. Firstly, "Hungry for What?", run by Dossofiorito - Gianluca Giabardo and Livia Rossi: this was a workshop on appetite awareness in relation to the concept of portions, in order to "train" children to be more aware and careful about their diet needs. On Sunday September 6, this workshop was also conducted in Casa Corriere in the Expo Site, involving numerous children on the Decumano. Secondly, "Kids against waste", run by il Vespaio - Alessandro Garlandini and Clara Giardina: a play process focused on food waste throughout the food supply chain, from crops in the fields through distribution and onto the table. And thirdly "The World of Bees", run by Cristina Cazzani and Riccardo Moreschi, a workshop devoted to the fundamental importance of bees to our Planet, conducted by a real beekeeper (Cristina): using learning cards, role games where children "become" bees and act out all the different roles and duties of bees, and how beehive communities are organized and what they produce.

Childrenshare. Learning and laughing about conviviality at table

Apart from its rotating workshops, the Rotonda also always offers the wonderful installation created by MUBA itself, showing the ingredients in the dishes, and the kinds of convivial behavior at the tables, of many countries around the world, which all visitors, young or old, observe with enthusiasm and amazement. The octagon in the center of the space features an extraordinarily impressive-looking installation, consisting of tables, tableware, ingredients and furnishing items typical of eight different countries: Italy, France, USA, India, Morocco, Russia, Mexico and Japan. This is the center of Childrenshare, here children enact and discover unexplored worlds and habits centered on eating together and conviviality, sharing and exchanging different attitudes to food from different cultures.