This pass Tuesday the children went to West Farms Library to see a magic show. They had high expectations…a little too high for the magicians. After seeing the first few tricks, Brianna yelled out: “How about doing some real magic? Pull a rabbit out of your hat!!”
This comment was ignored and since I was a bit far from her, I could not get her attention to tell her to stop yelling out.
Time passed and after a water trick (the magician ‘turned’ water red, however, the kids saw the Kool-Aid powder at the bottom of the cup) Brianna yelled out: how about turning your entire body green?!
This thought provoked everyone and before long, the entire body of teens and young children were chanting: TURN GREEN!! TURN GREEN!!
This made the magician stop the show to tell his audience that unfortunately, that was one trick he could not do. At these words the kids calmed down and the show continued.
Pretty Soon the kids next to me, turned to me and asked: Is this all of their tricks? I thought it was going to be a circus! They are not real…I had begun to feel like they wanted to leave. However, every time the magicians pulled a new trick out the hat, they had the children’s attention.
Seeing a magic show requires one to pay close attention to the act and quick thinking. While the children did not get all the acts, the ones that they did get made them feel powerful.
On Monday my students went to the Library and made puppets. Usually, I help them with their projects . This time I took a step back and allowed them to create something all by themselves. I was surprised with what they came up with!
Kenneth, a superhero, Gavin and Abdoraman twin puppets, Kaylie made a puppet of me, Brianna made Bob and Christopher made a character with pom-poms for his hands and feet. Everyone was creative.Including Sharaya who only had wings for her puppet. No face, no body, just wings and was flying around and having just as much fun.
* I had an art teacher who told the class that a paper bag is not a puppet but I couldn’t find another word for what my students made! Sorry puppet world!