Blob School is an educational resource designed specifically for one of the main purchasers of the Blobs - teachers! This practical resource aims to cover all the key areas of school life so that teachers, assistants, school workers, pupils and parents can reflect upon a wide range of contexts and issues which occur throughout the school year.
The book includes 47 images which can be projected upon an Interactive White Board or photocopied for whole class or small group discussion. The Blobs are simple. They deal with deep issues using the primary languages we learn from infancy - feelings and body language. This is why they are used with children as young as 4, all the way through to the elderly.
Without words, the Blobs can be interpreted in a hundred different ways. There is no right and wrong about the Blobs, which is very important. A leader who uses them in a 'one way of reading them only way' will find that the rest of their group become very frustrated in discussions. Each picture is a means to a conversation, rather than a problem to be solved or a message to be agreed upon.
Pip Wilson is a trainer and author with a background in social care, working with street gangs and elderly and homeless people. He is also a games show designer and host.
Ian Long, formerly an artist-in-residence in Lambeth and a youth and children's worker in Gloucestershire, specialising in art.
'Improving children's' emotional wellbeing is vital to enabling them to access learning and being able to recognise and talk about feeling is an important part of this. The Blob series provide a vehicle for this and as school is the place where most children will be supported in this it seems an obvious title to add to the series.
I feel it would be particularly useful for individual children with particular difficulties with communication or social skills, or as part of a PSHE program.' — Jo Clayton, SENCo
'I would see teachers and teaching assistants using the visual images to encourage pupils to talk about their feelings. They could also be used to help pupils overcome fears around the topics listed. They could support in dealing with inappropriate behaviour by pupils who find it difficult to control anger and conform to school boundaries.' — Nicola Gwilym, School Mentor