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Importance of Storytelling and Drama

Character face masks are an excellent way to bring storytelling and drama into the early years. In her book 500 Activities for the Primary Classroom (Macmillan Education, 2007), Carol Read states how storytelling and drama provide “opportunities for multi-sensory, kinaesthetic responses to stories and engage children in ‘learning by doing’ at a number of different levels.

At a basic level, through listening and responding to storytelling and doing short, introductory drama activities (such as acting using masks and other props), children use mime, sounds, gestures and imitation to show their understanding and to make connections between language and corporal expression. This helps young children associate actions, words and meanings and memorize key language in a natural and enjoyable way.”

 

Storytelling and drama provide children with a way to break down barriers, to explore different perspectives and roles, while learning important social skills such as active listening, turn-taking, collaboration and empathy.

You will need:

  • Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day character face mask printables

  • Laminator

  • Sticky Tape/Masking Tape

  • Rulers (or flat pieces of wood)

  • Cellophane

  • Story Book "Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day

What to do:

Step 1

Download and print a mask from the links below, then cut out the masks, as well as the eye holes.

 

Step 2

Colour in the masks to match the different colours that Betty changes when expressing different emotions. Sticky tape corresponding colours of cellophane to the back of the masks where the eye holes are (so children will "see the world" through the different colours).

Step 3

Laminate the masks and cut out.

Step 4

Tape a ruler to the back of the mask to act as a handle.

Step 5

Invite those children who take an interest in this activity and form a group. Read the story “Betty the Yeti’s Disappointing Day” with the children. Talk briefly with them about how they will be acting out the story using the face masks, and show them the face masks.

Step 6

Ask the children what they need to know and how they might act the story out with questions like:

  • Who are the main characters in the story?

  • Where does the story take place? (Setting)

  • What happens in the story? (Plot)

 

Step 7

Draw names out of a hat to assign roles (or ask for volunteers, making sure the children know that this experience can be repeated so that they can try different roles).

 

Step 8

Read the story as children act out the different roles- encourage children to think about different types of movement that could represent emotions to inspire children's thinking

 

Step 9

Repeat if the children are interested in exploring different roles

 

Possible Extension:

Discuss the different colours and feelings with questions like:

  • "When Betty feels angry, her face turns red. What colour do you think anger might look like? Why?

  • What does anger feel like? Is it hot or cold? How does it feel in your body?

  • What does anger look like as a movement?

  • What kind of things make you feel angry?

Explore the children's ideas about happiness, sadness, fear, jealous.

Exploring favourite colours- what is each child's favourite (if there are a number of children, this can be documented in a graph).

Click on a character to download or print out their mask.

Colour, laminate, and cut out your mask.

Tape a wooden ruler or a stick to the back.

Your mask is ready to use!

Make up all four masks and enjoy!