Activity Plan 5-6: Kindness Puppets
Create puppets that encourage children to talk about feelings and solve problems in peaceful ways.
- Grades: PreK–K
- chart paper and marker
- old socks
- fabric scraps
- buttons, pore-porn-pores, yarn, felt
- child safety scissors
- large cardboard box or carton
Objective. Children will discuss their own wide range of feelings and design puppets to use in discussions, cooperative problem solving, and, conflict resolution.
1 Ask children to think about all the different ways people feel and all the different ways they feel too: happy, sad, angry, cranky, excited, and so on.
2 Talk about how the same person can feel many different ways a many different times.
3 Explain that they are going to make puppets and that they can decide whether their puppet will represent one feeling (and which one; or many feelings.
4 Provide children with a variety of materials to design their puppets: socks, paper bags, fabric, pom-pours, yarn, felt. Ask children to name their puppets and help them label each one with the feeling or feelings they choose.
5 Invite children to share their finished puppets with the group. Talk about how these puppets can be used to help people talk about and sort out feelings. For instance, if someone is feeling lonely or afraid, the appropriate puppets) can be brought out. If there's an argument, children might enlist the help of a puppet or two to listen to the problem and help them come up with solutions. Work together to decorate the box in which the puppets will be stored. Ask children to suggest a name for the special box-Peace Trunk, Puppets' Place, and so on.
Curriculum Connection: EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Face Your Emotions. Ask children to sit in a circle. One child can wear one of the newly made puppets on his hand. Whisper to the child sitting closest to you to create a facial expression that shows a particular emotion. You might ask the child to show sadness, anger, or happiness. The child wearing the puppet will try to "read" the child's facial expression and talk as the puppet about that feeling. "I feel sad because I wanted to go to the store last night and my mom said we couldn't go." Continue the activity until each child in the group has had a chance to show an emotion or express an emotion as the puppet.
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