Puppetry in the Wild 6-week, 1-hour Art Program.
What is the The Value of Puppetry and Storytelling?
Engage imagination, creativity, oral communication skills and FUN!
Stories create windows to other worlds to enchant, inform, entertain, transport, teach and heal. By using puppets as the storytellers, students experience a story at a deeper level than by reading alone and apply multiple senses at the same time: auditory, visual and tactile
Other benefits of puppetry include creating a bridge between play and education, engaging imagination and problem solving. Each child defines the character and how it will address challenges. Who is the “hero” of the story? What are the character traits that helped them solve the challenge?
Purpose of the Puppetry Program and Farm Visit
The purpose of this 6-week residency is to combine a school field trip with a visit to a working farm to give students the opportunity to share what they learned by creating a story, puppet characters for that story and staging a puppet performance. By visiting a farm, students learn:
• The activities of farm life
• What food grows on a farm
• What animals live on a farm and how they live
• How water is used and conserved on a farm
• To identify beneficial insects and pests
• The role of predators
• The responsibilities of farmers and gardeners to maintain their plants, animals and property on a daily basis.
Students understand where their own food comes from and the role that agriculture plays in the their lives.
The act of creating puppets to tell stories addresses language arts Common Core Standards, visual and performing arts and Next Generation Science standards. Students also develop the 21st Century skills of teamwork, problem solving, creativity and communication.