I've been asked to put together an anti-drug routine for red ribbon week... any suggestions or Ideas?
I have a basic "don't do it" routine I give to high schools, but I need to gear this to children k through 5.
All help would be gratefully appreciated -- by the way, I won't be doing it as Santa, so I'm working on a granpa vent-grandson figure idea.
When you say K-5 I'm going to assume that the younger grades are in at a different time than the older grades. So as people write in they might keep that in mind.
For grades K-3 I recommend focusing on making healthy choices and staying away from second hand smoke. Talk about the color chart for eating (it's no longer the basic food groups, although that's okay). Talk about exercise. And talk about staying away from other people's medicines (that's where some kids get into problems). Also teach them not to spend time around someone while they are smoking.
Here is a rewrite of a song you know. Have an animal puppet sing it.
On top of Old Smoky, all covered with leaves.
I saw someone smoking and started to sneeze! Achoo!
He threw down a match and then he drove off.
It started a fire. I started to cough. (coughs in your face)
On top of Old Smoky, once green now it's red.
He started a fire, and now I am dead!
Vent: You're not dead.
I'm sick in the head!
Then talk about how dangerous it would be to breathe in the smoke from a forest fire. That's the way second hand smoke is. (You'll have to explain what second hand smoke is.)
Another fun vent routine would be to talk about different ways that people use to stop smoking.
(I noticed that you have a patch on one of your pants Santa. Are you trying to stop smoking?)
Chewing a special gum.
(I saw some kids chewing gum at the park. Are they addicted to tobacco?)
No it's nicotine.
(No. He wasn't a teen. He was a little kid. And I don't think his name was Nick.)
(You're a hypnotist.)
No, I'm a ventriloquist. A hypnotist puts people to sleep.
(That's what I said. You're a hypnotist.)
Do you have any bad habits?
(I hang around with the wrong crowd.) Puppet looks at you, then at audience and kind of uses his head to point at you some.
Is there anything you would like to stop doing?
(Yes! I would like to stop paying taxes!)
Do you eat right?
(Yes. I eat....(something funny or disgusting)
Let's say that you wanted to stop eating that. I'm going to try to hypnotize you. Now look at me. Look me in the eyes. (wiggle your fingers) You are getting...
(I am getting sick.)
No. You are getting sleepy.
(So is the audience.)
You are getting
(His head and body fall back so the eyes can't be seen. Loud snoring.)
Now when I count to three and snap my fingers you will wake up and no longer have the desire for _________. (Now you look at the audience and start to count very slowly. As you begin the puppet looks up, unnoticed by you, then goes back down and snores.) 1....................2.....................3...................Snap!
(Whoa! Where am I? Is this a prison? Who are you?)
You know me. I'm ________. I was wondering if you would like to eat some _____.
(Ewww! Yuch! Disgusting!)
So you don't want any _______.
(No! I'd much rather have (then say something even funnier or more disgusting.)
More later, Santa.
Add spice to your work
August 13 2008, 2:55 AM
Well, I've thought of this and I think you should look for ways to put some zest into your work. This done, I'm sure you'll find the anti-drug stuff not so routine.
Magic ideas for anti-drug
August 13 2008, 12:45 PM
Here are some magic tricks that lend themselves very well to the anti-drug teachings. You can get them at most dealers or for sure through www.grandillusions.com. (Tell them Tony Borders sent you.)
Food tricks for nutrition for grades K-3:
Peanut Butter and jelly trick
Egg bag to talk about protein.
Milk pitcher trick.
Multiplying bananas or pickles
EZ Hat load
Vanishing coke bottle
or vanishing coke can
Magic lunch box
Passe passe bottles
Topsy Turvy Bottles (look like alcohol)
Vanishing Martini Bottle (Great trick!)
Trick with iodine, TSP, and water to talk about clean and dirty lungs from smoke
Appearing giant cigarette (3 feet long)
36 inch silk that says Just Say No
Flash paper (your money goes up in smoke)
Monkey camera trick from Jam Magic
August 13 2008, 12:51 PM
Puppets for anti-drug or a health message (plus a couple more magic ideas)
Magic for exercising lessons:
Cut & restored jump rope. (cut the handles off first)
Appearing basketball from briefcase
Orangutan: Monkey see, monkey do. The previous owner taught him how to smoke because he thought it would be cute. Now the ape is addicted and you are trying to help him. He carries a banana, but you find out that it is a fake peel and there is a cigar inside!
Cheerleader or sports person or coach: Talk about the effects of or tobacco on one's body and how it hurts the game.
Big mouth puppet: Talks about chewing tobacco and the effects on the teeth, tongue, and gums. (a stained set is also available from Axtell)
Bear: Goes on a camping trip with his buddy, Smokey the Bear. Talks about seeing other bears that are getting into things. They have a choice to make.
Child: Concept: What if all of my friends are doing it? Answer: Will your friends pay your doctor bill? Will they pay for the hospital bill?
Show and Tell ideas:
Show what money could buy. Two packs of cigarettes OR a CD. One weeks worth of cigarettes OR a WII game. One year's worth of cigarettes OR two tickets to Hawaii!