Friday, November 26, 2010

Homebaked Shakespeare


Parents often ask me for advice about how to get kids hooked on Shakespeare. Usually I recommend taking them to a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream because it's got everything: slapstick, fairies, sex jokes, etc., etc. Some of you, like the awesome Shakespeare Standard, also liked my Midsummer lesson plan for Kindergarteners that involved a plush Shakespeare toy.

I want to amend that recommendation today with another homeschooly homebaked idea. Let me make a plug for teaching your kids about Puck's claim that he can turn into a chair and pull himself out from under old ladies and make them fall on their asses. This is a way to turn an unfortunate, obnoxious situation into a teaching moment and, with adult supervision, can be safely and easily re-enacted at home.

The Haba "Puck" Stool

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