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Sample Lesson Plan on Making Paper Bag Puppets

Description:

  • Children will engage in an art exercise that focuses on reactions to choices.

Goals:

  1. Children will have fun and feel good about their ability to create art.
  2. Children will become aware that they have options when making choices.
  3. Children will begin to think about how to make informed choices, realizing that having more information can lead to making better choices.
  4. Children will feel more empowered as they see that they have control over their choices and therefore are more in control of their lives.

Supplies:

  • Brown paper lunch-size bags – enough for each child to have two
  • Assorted art supplies for making faces, hair, and clothes yarn, pipe cleaners, feathers, shiny assorted shapes, eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Adhesive strips for surfaces that glue won’t hold

Teacher Preparation:

  • Put out the supplies ahead of time so the lesson will flow smoothly.

Procedure:

  1. Ask the children if they’ve made any choices today and how they feel about them. Was it a good choice or a bad choice? Try and begin to encourage the children to talk about choices that involve other people, not just about what to wear or eat.
  2. Tell the children they’re each going to make a paper bag puppet with an expression that shows how the puppet feels about a choice it made. They will share the choice and how the puppet feels with the others.
  3. Be involved as the children make their puppets. Encourage them, offer ask them what the choice is to be sure they don’t forget that part of the activity.
  4. Once the children have finished, ask for volunteers to show the others their puppets. Ask them first to tell what the choice is and then ask the others how they think the puppet feels about the choice. Encourage discussion.
  5. Sometimes the children work together on a short puppet show. You can certainly suggest that to the children.

Note: This is a simple activity that engages the children. Some may need suggestions to get started. Some examples of what other children have made are:

  • A girl who chooses to take drugs and looks weird and awful
  • A dog who chooses to share his bone with another dog
  • A girl who pushes her little sister and feels bad
  • A boy who chooses to help his little sister tie her shoe and feels good
  • A mermaid who chooses to help a fish find some food and feels good

Further Questions to Prompt Discussion:

  1. How do you know what the right choice is?
  2. How will you feel about the choice you made right away?
  3. How will you feel about it tomorrow?
  4. Do you usually know what the right choice is?
  5. Why don’t you always make the right choice?
    1. It’s harder
    2. You may have to risk more
    3. Your friends influence you to make the wrong choice
  6. We often remember wrong choices longer. When we make the wrong choice, we don’t feel good inside. Like you remember the one candy bar you stole, but not all the ones you paid for.
  7. Have you ever really wanted to do something, but deep down you felt it wasn’t right? How did you decide what to do?
  8. How often do you think about whether something is right or wrong before you decide to do it?
  9. When you’re faced with a choice between right and wrong, what influences your decision?
  10. What would happen if nobody cared about doing the right thing?

 


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