Friday, 26 February 2016

Mediating monsters

We are feeling excited about a slightly new way of using our monster puppets. Just a small movement of your hand, makes these little chaps pull the best faces and children are responding to the range of expressions with amusement and interest. We have found that having a conversation between two monsters, with an adult mediator holding the questioning together, creates the perfect, safe environment to tackle conflict and anxieties. A solution, or action can be found for the monster that may be helpful for the participants too. In fact, we have tried this with a class of 30 students, each with their own monster and the results were fascinating. We are making more monsters to try another session with the inclusion of a large monster to oversee the session. Now that will be fun.