many years of experience in creating work specifically for Early
Years, and training play enablers and educators in the North
West, DNA have now created an integrated concept of performance
and workshop. Children interact with the story told in performance
and create their own retelling using sound, shadow, shape, colour
The session will enable:-
Personal, social and emotional development.
Communication, language and literacy.
Knowledge and understanding of the world.
It is essential to have small groups (15 max)
to aid the children's experience. The framework of the session
allows children a chance to explore and experiment, whilst developing
early years goals.
During the session, adults are also encouraged
to share the child's experience, by assisting with crafting
but sometimes just to sit back and observe.
The session will last for approximately 1 hour.
The group will be involved in the world of the caterpillar, experiencing its birth, life and transformation. Children will be counting, singing rhymes and songs, looking at foods, developing their speaking and listening skills.
The session will be performed and led by an experienced play enabler, aware of the
children's needs and able to work the session through, sometimes led by
children's responses and actions.
So within the framework of the story there will be lots of spontaneous play and fun, sometimes initiated by the puppets and performer, and often by the children.
play is good for the imagination. Instead of being told what's right,
they can decide for themselves" Children's Centre, parent