Saskia burst out loud “Wow, it’s real!” as we sat down on a digitally projected picnic blanket to enjoy eating home grown apples.
We wondered, “Is the picnic real?”
Krister cut the apples to reveal the seeds as we explored where apples come from.
Lisa asked “Are these seeds alive?”
Magnus planted the seeds.
We explored being part of a world and caring for it.
A seedling sprouted into an apple tree
Lisa and Saskia picked the red apples from their new apple tree.
Magnus wondered why he couldn’t pick the smaller greener ones. Mats reasoned that like ourselves and animals, maybe the tree had its own agenda and was not ready to give up some its unripe apples.
While the children inspired the seedling to grow, the interactive theatre extended their scientific exploration to consider, “Who else needs apples?”
Saskia: “Caterpillars eat apples!!”
She then disrupted the idea of what a caterpillar is by becoming one. The digitally projected costume of a caterpillar followed her around the room as she ate everything in sight.
Magnus gives his caterpillar-costume to Mats
Then everyone wanted to gain empathy for what it was like to be, think and feel like a caterpillar.
With a simple wish, Mats turned the cubbyhouse into an apple they could crawl into. Soon they began to explore their close relationships to being an animal and new spaces only a caterpillar would have access to. Saskia pointed out, “We are like animals.”
In that instant, they blurred the boundaries of being a caterpillar in its environment and humans in their home.
We wondered, “What is a home anyway?” and Lisa giggled over Saskia’s interest in how caterpillars eat all their living rooms out.
Krister introduced the ethics of sharing and asked, “So imagine you were human again, would it be right to take the caterpillar’s home?”
To make the dilemma real, we invited Magnus’ father to call in from work to role play being the caterpillar in the apple tree. He was verrrry hungry and reluctant to give up his apple house!
Magnus had the brilliant idea of feeding his hungry caterpillar father with real apples as a trade for giving him the apple house.
But his father (that greedy grub) wouldn’t share and just kept eating “…armm armmm armmmm…”
Concerned the tree would be left bare without apples, we returned to wonder who else needed apples.
Saskia invited her mother to appear as an apple farmer. It was a natural choice: parents are their children’s first and most influential educators.
Like many mothers we interviewed, she also missed both seeing Saskia and role playing in her imaginative stories.
To problem solve their way out of the ethical dilemma of sharing, the children experimented creating new scenes and inviting their parents to role play new characters.
When Saskia explored baking with apples, we invited former White House Executive Chef, Marti Mongiello from another time zone and continent to nurture her special talent in recipe-making (in the form of a Siberian Tiger).
The incursion was an instant hit. It expanded children’s source of inspiration by merging not just cultural influences in food but also machine, human and animal.
Magnus revelled in his newfound creative control after discovering that the picnic blanket was in fact hand drawn on a piece of paper.
Drawn to Magnus discovery, together, the children created their own healthy picnic. I asked “What does it mean that we are what we eat?”
Lisa’s theory emerged that we are made of so many things from the food we eat right down to our tiny bacteria. I agreed that it’s an inseparable mix that forms who we are.
Sketches and found objects... the possibilities for creating a live scene are limitless.
The children watch the scene take shape live as they build it together.
As we jumped into their new picnic, Saskia asked while pointing to Mat’s junk food, “Who decides what’s healthy or not?” I added, “Is 'being healthy' the same for everyone?”
I said “You’ve all been so amazing we’re each going to draw our medal to wear!”
Lisa drew her own decorative medal.
Mats gives Magnus his own medal.
Magnus felt so awesome he wanted two medals. It seemed only fitting to wear, “one for moral bravery and one for creativity”.
Saskia jumped with joy sporting the medal she had drawn.
Her medal followed her between rooms into the next adventure.
Mat's own hand drawn medal!
Behind the scenes: the control tower is where I launched the show.
On stage: our interactive theatre is so easy to use any child and educator can use it. It adapts to your preferred method for learning and teaching.
Using Children's Philosophy in tandem with the our interactive theatre amplifies the creative and learning potential of both children and educators.
Our interactive theatres adapt in real time to children's natural way of learning through role playing and educator's preferred method of applying their creative curriculum.