Creating a routine about the character trait of FAIRNESS
July 5 2012 at 6:33 PM
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I have been asked by Administer Justice, a local non-profit charitable legal aid organization, to volunteer my time to do a puppet routine on the character trait of FAIRNESS for a children's fun fair. I have been encouraged to aim for a target audience of young elementary children(first - fifth grade). The organization is Christian, and have told me that it would be okay to talk about spiritual stuff.
I have a variety of Axtell puppets that I could use for the routine: (Dragon, Lion, Possum, Skunk, Wild Thing, Vern the Bird, The Old Storyteller, Granny, The Rat,and the Cry Baby.) I just feel a little "stuck" on coming up with something funny that gets across the idea about FAIRNESS).
From what I've been able to glean from Character Counts, the following can help kids understand Fairness: Fairness Do's include: Treat all people fairly, follow the rules, listen and try to understand what they are feeling and saying, correct your mistakes, consider the facts before making a decision. Fairness Don'ts: Don't take advantage of others, don't take more than your fair share, don't let personal preferences, prejudices or other feelings interfere with decisions. Some questions to consider: When you are not treated fairly, how does that make you feel?
I am having Writer's Block, so if anyone has any ideas to send my way, I'd appreciate it.
Fairness and justice are two different things. Kids always think something is not fair. Justice is to try to make things work. For example, if the police were fair they would stop everyone who speeds even one mile over the speed limit. But then traffic would not flow and the police could not do the important other work that they do. So they try to be fair by slowing down enough of the people to make the others realize how important it is to obey the traffic laws. They also have to give some tickets out, which is justice for breaking the law. If they did not give out tickets then people would not care if they got stopped. So that could be one skit. Perhaps the Old Storyteller talking about his model T with a Ferrari engine. "The wind would blow my wife's hair. I'd stop and go back and pick it up." Or Vern the Bird as a roadrunner.
The dragon would be great for "don't take more than your fair share". Dragons like to collect shiny things. "My precious!" He likes to sit on top of a pile of gold and jewels, etc. He likes to eat everything in the kitchen. Very selfish.
A fun way of showing fair share is to have a few volunteers come up and have a few pieces of wrapped candy or coins. Tell the audience that you are going to show how you fairly shared things with your brothers and sisters as you grew up. Then count 1 for you, 1 for me. Go to the second child, "and 1 for you and 1 for me" (so now you have two), repeat for each child you brought up.
Another fun way is to show how you get a candy bar to be equal. Break it in two then hold it side by side. Hmmm. One side is definitely longer so you take a bite from that side. Uh-oh. Now that side is too short so you take a bite from the other side. Before you know it you have eaten the whole candy bar. (A licorice or twizzler might be good. Hard to do ventriloquism though after you eat sugar.)
Correct your mistakes: Have a puppet show you their homework paper. It has some mistakes and they want YOU to correct it. You explain that they will learn something by correcting their own mistakes. Relate it to being able to say "I'm sorry" when we make a mistake in a friendship.
July 5 2012, 10:08 PM
V: ventriloquist F: figure (written for a boy figure)
V: I want you to think back to many, many years ago.
F: When I was little.
V: No. WAY back. About 5,000 years ago.
F: When you were little.
V: Let's say that your family dug a well. You worked really hard!
F: I saw a whale at the ocean once.
V: But then some big, bad guys came in and took over your well!
F: I'm not feeling well!
V: They chased your family away from your house! And there isn't anything you can do!
F: I'll call the police!
V: This was before there were police!
F: What did I do?
V: You got all of your neighbors together. And you chased the bad guys away. Then you chose a leader to be king!
F: Oh, oh, oh! Can I be king?
V: Sure. So now you are king!
F: You owe me taxes!
V: And you hire guards.
F: I'll have a left guard. You could use a right guard.
V: And you make up rules.
F: Homework is against the law!
V: Rules that HELP people.
F: Oh. Um. No TV after 9:00.
(part 2 or start here)
V: Rules are important. But sometimes they get broken.
F: I broke a ruler once.
V: Let's say that you stole something.
F: Let's say that I didn't!
V: You stole some candy.
F: OH! I like candy. What kind?
V: It doesn't matter.
F: It does to me. Is it Skittles?
V: Okay. Skittles.
F: I don't like Skittles. I'll just put them back.
V: What would you steal, then?
F: I did steal something once.
F: I stole second base.
V: That's different.
F: They made me put it back.
V: Okay. Let's just say that you stole a candy bar.
F: The $100,000 bar! That is worth stealing!
V: No. Don't steal! But let's PRETEND that you did steal a $100,000 bar.
F: All right!
V: The police come.
F: (See if you can make siren noises using ventriloquism.)
V: They arrest you and take you to...
V: To jail!
F: I'd rather go to Disneyland.
V: You go before the judge.
F: Is it Judge Judy?
V: The judge wants you to make it right again. You stole a candy bar. What do you have to say for yourself?
F: Uh...got milk?
V: She orders you to pay for the candy bar AND to work for the store for a week.
F: WHAT?! How much do I get paid?
V: Nothing. It's called community service.
F: That's not fair!
V: That's justice!
F: What else does she offer.
F: Okay. I'll go to work.
V: You can start by cleaning your room at home.
F: Hey, this is just PRETEND, remember!
July 5 2012, 10:18 PM
F: Something terrible has happened!
F: Someone has stolen my lucky pencil! I need it! It has a good eraser for correcting mistakes!
V: Where did you last see it?
F: I can't remember! But someone stole it! I think they need to be punished! There should be a rule that whoever steals lucky pencils should have to clean toilets!
V: Uh, I don't think that's such a good idea.
F: The whole school should miss recess until someone gives back my pencil!
V: Now that wouldn't be fair.
F: I don't care! Whoever has my pencil should have to sweep after lunch for a month!
V: Do you really think so?
F: They should have to sharpen everyone else's pencils! The whole school!
V: Uh...I don't think you want to say that.
F: Yes, I do! Whoever has my pencil should have to write, "I won't steal ______'s lucky pencil ever again!" 100 times!
V: I think I know who has your pencil.
F: (looks closely at members of the audience) Which one? Tell me and I'll call the police.
V: Look behind your ear. (pull out pencil)
F: Ooos! Heh, heh. I guess I stuck it there when I was studying for my spelling test.
V: So do you still think that you should have to write 100 sentences, and sharpen pencils, and sweep floors, and clean toilets?
F: I guess I was being a bit hard on myself.
V: Justice tries to make things right for a group, but it also tries to be fair to each person.
F: I'm glad I'm not a judge!
V: I think you need to correct a mistake.
F: That's why I have my eraser! I'll go work on my homework.
V: I mean the mistake when you accused someone at this school of taking your pencil.
F: Oh....... Um..... I don't know how to correct that mistake. An eraser won't work.
V: Why don't you try apologizing?
F: Okay. I'm sorry I accused you.
V: That's better. Now why don't you go correct your homework?
F: Okay. HEY! Where is my homework? Someone stole my homework! (put her away)
July 5 2012, 10:21 PM
You could have a discussion with a puppet about a bicycle. Perhaps they borrowed it and they took it for a ride. But they rode through a red light and got at ticket. Then they got mad and kicked the bike and broke something. But they just plan on giving it back AND giving the ticket to the owner of the bike! (It was their fault. If they hadn't loaned me the bike I wouldn't get the ticket. And I hurt my foot on their bike. I don't owe them anything. I might even sue!) Then talk about the golden rule.
July 6 2012, 1:36 AM
If you are leaning towards Christian material.
Joseph's brothers did not see it as being fair that Joseph got a coat of many colors from their Dad.
The Prodigal Son...that sure did not seem fair to the older brother.
Was it fair that Jesus gave his time to the sinners and non sinners alike?
This is a couple examples that you could build off of also.
Thanks for ideas for Fairness Skit
July 12 2012, 7:35 PM
Thanks for all the great feedback.
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