Monday, August 31, 2015

Pinocchio. Books That Were Turned into Movies.

Pinocchio: Our Awesome Introduction to the World of Theatre

We played with Pinocchio, read books, watched a movie... and made and decorated a marionette. Kids just loved their string puppets and started performing immediately. Simple puppets are the best way to introduce the little ones to the world of theatre. For the bigger kids, it is a great hands-on way to look into the history of theatre!

"Books that were turned into movies" is the theme for August at Poppins Book Nook. You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook activities here: Composers. Swan Lake Painting and Hand Print Art.

Books That Were Turned into Movies

Pinocchio, the marionette carved from wood, is a star of so many books and movies, famouse in almost every country of the world. We selected three wonderful resources to introduce Pinocchio to kids.

"Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi. Translated from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock. Illustrated by Fulvio Testa. This chapter book is the original story with a fun illustration for each chapter, life lessons and clever quotes, picturesque and romantic pages about Italian puppeteers.

"This sudden change in our house is all thanks to you," said Geppetto.
"Thanks to me?"
"Yes, because when children who were once naughty become nice, their whole families change and become happier." (page 180)

The book we have read to our little ones is the abbreviated version: "Pinocchio" retold by Roberto Piumini, illustrated by Lucia Salemi (Storybook Classics series). With the short, one-page chapters and colorful illustrations on every spread, this book was just right for our kids to get familiar with the story.
"Geppetto", the comedic and musical retelling, started with the scene at the toy store. Kids and their parents had great time visiting and choosing their favorite toys to buy. Geppetto (Drew Carey) is dreaming of becoming a father, then getting a little boy of his own, and going through trial and error of everyday parenting situations.

Pinocchio Easy Craft and Play

This fun craft was an awesome idea from my dear friend, wonderful and creative mother of two wonderful boys, Megan Cook. A string puppet is made from an egg carton. Kids loved their "Pinocchios" from the first sight!

Pictured below, when decorating this marionette, we worked on matching and mixing colors, dots and stripes. My Firefly loves performing with her puppet!

We made strings to hands only for the easy handling by preschoolers. This picture of a bright puppet dancing in the sun is just so cheerful!


"Books That Were Turned Into Movies" - the Theme for August at PBN

It's time for the Poppins Book Nook - a book club that goes live on the last Monday of each months.
You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook books and activities here:
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