This video comes to us from the same children’s class teacher training in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam that showed us the “Birds of a Feather” game.
The training session, aimed mainly at youth, covered children’s classes and JY groups—I was working with the children’s class teachers. We shared strategies and spent a lot of time learning how to present the different activities that make up the classes. This segment combined crafts and drama. Participants spent the morning creating the sockpuppets out of old socks, buttons, felt and yarn, and then studied the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, presenting it with the sockpuppets (that’s the second part of the video, starting at 1:20). Sockpuppets are easy to make, and they can be a fun way for children to get involved in telling stories. They get to create their own characters, and then bring them to life with their own hands! Plus, who doesn’t love to see a good puppet show?
The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a great story to act out in this way, too. We’ve even done it with stick puppets before (see january stories); you’ll probably see photos of that craft in a future post. Also, as mentioned before, there’s an excellent retelling in Book 2 of Bahá’í Education for Children, aka the Furútan curriculum, that would be perfect for use in a puppet show.
Thanks to George Wesley Dannels of Baha’i Views for picking up on this video before I even had the chance to post about it!