THE MAGIC BOX
A tool to facilitate relationships with the child
Giovanna Parimbelli, mother of Giulia and Filippo, clinical psychologist, trainee systemic psychotherapist, graduated in education with a focus on childhood, is a pet therapy operator. She has practiced in the game of tracing, according to Arno Stern's thinking. She coordinates the Montessori-inspired nursery "La stellina" and is a training consultant in educational services for children. Since 2005 she has been using the magic box as a daily work tool.
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The magic box, offering children the opportunity to immerse in their inner world, allows them to observe the other and incorporate it through imitation, also allowing conflict as an enriching experience.
There is no need to explain how to do it, nor there is only one way to do it; it will be the educator who, at different times of the day, will use her/his own box in absolute autonomy. This shall allow her/him to be unique each time, choosing to extract and narrate what she/he can really share at that moment.
While working for over twenty years with minors from 0 to 6 years and more -first in an educational role and then as a psychologist- the author has extended the use of the magic box to the psycho-pedagogical sphere because it is the magic -which gradually materializes-.
It is not a matter of simply extracting an object nor a song singing, it's the content that conveys wider and deeper meanings and develops the children's magical thought, since everything inside the magic box is alive and animated by feelings for them. This way, the toy car may be angry or happy, the pig frightened or sad, until the children progressively understand actions and foresee reactions to objects in a frame of thought development.
This way it will be possible to talk with them a number of topics such as bereavement, gender identity, intelligence, bilingualism and everything that the child will be able to express.
The magic resulting from the magic box, meant as the simple pleasure of watching a sort of show or listening to the reading of a book narrated with always different plots, can hardly be told in words. You have to use it.