Spotlight Studio LIVE! May 18-22
This week, we’re exploring Spotlight Studio and Childrens Theater Programming! By the end of the week, you’ll have acted it out with Vito, made your very own puppets, and practiced improv with animal movements! Join us as we explore the world of performance art through activities, stories, a virtual gallery, and lots of free resources!
Performing arts provide a fun way for children to gain confidence, practice language skills and explore their world. Spotlight Studio provides playful experiences for children to engage in dramatic play by watching and interacting within a performance, storytelling and even puppet shows. Many positive developmental outcomes and skills are supported through artistic expression.
Social Emotional Development: Young children begin to express feelings and emotions at an early age as a way to communicate with others. As children mature and develop, they build skills in self-regulation and social interactions that continue to develop over time. Providing opportunities for a child to engage with positive social exchanges with others can foster self-confidence, a positive self-image, and healthy relationships with peers, family, and community members.
Language Development: Dramatic play provides opportunities for children to describe how they are feeling and to understand how to use language to communicate with others. Children can use puppets and other props to share feelings of happiness, sadness, anger, or excitement and pretend or role play situations and people they have observed in their environment.
Physical Development: Performing arts provide opportunities for children to engage their motor and coordination skills. Many activities begin with a physical warm-up to prepare the body for movement and acting out different characters. Throughout a performance, children learn to coordinate and control their movement around the stage space through different scenery, props, and other performers. Moving and carrying props requires fine and gross motor engagement as well. In musical theatre, children engage in dancing, singing, and acting, all in one performance.
This week’s activities (all Facebook Live sessions at 10:30 AM):
Join Vito on Facebook Live to kick off Spotlight Studio week.
Follow video instructions to make your very own sock and paper bag puppets with Cori.
Puppeteer Engineer: Combine various recycled materials together to become a puppeteer.
Explore the Activity Page | Download PDF
Submit photos or videos of your puppets to us to be included in our virtual puppet gallery.
Explore moving like different animals with Alex and Amelia.
Mystery Movement Sticks: Can you guess and improv these animal actions?
Explore the Activity Page | Download PDF
Submit photos or videos of your animal improv to us to be included in our virtual theatre gallery.
Vito closes out the week with a live-performance-themed Facebook Live story time: My Cat Copies Me, by Moon-duck Kwon
Home Zone highlights:
- Mask Making video instruction: Make a homemade mask and take on a new character!
- KCM Live Theatre videos
- No-Hands Role Play Activity
- Theatre Warm-up Yoga Poses Download PDF
- Make your very own shadow box theatre
- Patrones Perfectos, actividad en español
- Scholastic Article: How the Performing Arts Benefits Kids
- Disney on Stage: Dance classes, mask making and more
- New Victory Theater: At-home arts break
- Stages Theatre Beyond the Stage FREE virtual theatre activities
- Delaware Theatre At Home Activities
- Spellbound Theatre Screen Free Activities
- Puppets: Puppets are a great way to introduce children to feeling words like happy, sad, angry, and children will sometimes talk to puppets about their feelings. Puppets can also help in discussions about challenging topics, like getting to bed on time.
- Dress Up Clothes or Props: Many children enjoy putting on clothes and take on another personality (chef, doctor, mother, father, fireperson). All you need to do is supply a basket of clothes that children can use to make costumes; they will use their own imaginations to transform it into whatever they want.
Try at Home
Excerpt from The Alliance of Early Childhood Spring/Summer 2020 newsletter, Social Emotional Learning Starts with Us: “First we need to teach children the various emotions they will encounter in everyday life and model how we navigate through them ourselves. Some positive emotions we experience are happiness, excitement, pride, gratitude and interest. Everyday emotions that can be difficult include sadness, worry, fear, nervousness, and embarrassment”.