Puppets Play Out In The 'Learning That Matters'

What happens when seven and eight-year-olds find themselves in a small group and are asked to work together to create a puppet play, based on a fairy tale to share with their peers?

Well, many things happen. There’s chaos, there’s conflict and a little bit of squabbling. Some noise and messiness and, of course, some disappointment. But are these things problems?  No, they are not. As our Year 2 students discovered, they are actually opportunities to strengthen the BLP muscles of 'Resiliency' and 'Reciprocity'.

As the learning unfolded, how encouraging was it to watch the children work through their conflicts, to learn how to speak respectfully to one another as they expressed their disagreements. To say sorry for squabbling, to speak up for others who were not being heard, to be brave enough to voice a different idea. There were even children who let someone else play the role that they had wanted to play, even though that meant they would have to deal with some disappointment. 

As Mia Chen so perfectly expressed: “actually Mrs Spence, I enjoyed being one of the Three Little Pigs, even though I really wanted to be the narrator”. What an important thing to discover in life; that out of disappointment can come new possibilities and discoveries.

And, slowly, out of the chaos, emerged groups of children who did indeed collaborate with and listen to one another; children who worked together as a team and had some fun as they created unique and entertaining little fairy tales to perform for their classmates. 

Let’s not deny our children the opportunity to learn how to deal with conflict and disappointment because such learning is an important part of the 'Learning That Matters'.


Anne Spence

Year 2R Teacher


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