Our puppet shows
The children were involved in a multicultural puppet show experience where in pairs the children had the chance to choose from a variety of puppets and create a story to share with the rest of the room. The multicultural puppets gave the children each an opportunity to choose to be someone different for the day, it also gave the children the opportunity to grasp an understanding of what other cultured people do, what they wear, what they look like and what they believe in.
Two at a time the children would approach the stage and change into character. Both children out of the pair had a chance to tell their part of the story. Once each pair had finished telling their story the rest of the room would clap and the children got the puppets to take a bow.
Educator’s reflection: All of the children were so interested in the experience, the use of their imagination skills was great to see and the variety of ideas that they came up with really showed they were getting into character. The children showed interest in understanding what other people believed in as well as what was different from themselves.
Linking to the framework:
L/O I. I.4: Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect.
L/O 4. 4.1: Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity.
Where to from here:
-Using our world globe, show the children where each of the puppets are from.
-Explore a variety of other cultures from around the world.
-Discuss with the children their own traditions and beliefs.