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Room On The Broom (By Julia Donaldson And Axel Scheffler) - Theatrical Storytelling Session !

All this while we have been doing many Read Aloud Storytelling Sessions with children in the vicinity. This time we planned to do something different and we decided to go for a theatrical storytelling session for the book - Room on the Broom (by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler); with the help from children :)

We started off with the preparations almost 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date and a lot went into planning. The first step was to decide the flow of the session so that we could plan, organize and get the resources together. So we decided onto the following flow for the session:

Date: 28th January 17

Timing: 11:00 a.m onwards in the society aerobics room :)

(Though we took prior registration for the children but we did keep 10 minutes on the D-day to have final registration list been filled. We had confirmations for 30 children, though 25 children turned up on the day; as some fell sick) 

11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. - Registrations

11:10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. - Introduction and Action Song (Making Melodies in my Heart....)

11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. - Theatrical Storytelling (Room on the Broom)

11:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. - Story Based Q&A with children

11:55 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. - Story Based Worksheet (Maze) & Craft (DIY Broom Stick & Story Characters Stick Puppets)

12:20 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Photo Booth Time & Good bye!

Post we finalized the event flow we went ahead with, making props for the session and also figuring out who will play the story characters.

We first listed down our props which were: Witch's Broom, Hat, Bow, Cauldron & Wand. Then we landed up putting our hands on a Soft Toy Dragon and Frog Head Gear. For the Green Bird we decided that the character would use green color stole and clothes to dress up, for the Cat - I had some DIY costume from an old event which perfectly matched our requirement and for the Dog we decided that we would do some face painting. We also built a PHOTO BOOTH for the children and finally, this is how our props turned out to be :)

Once our props got ready we started allocating the characters to the children who volunteered for us and kick-started practicing the act. We had 4 children volunteer to play the story characters and between the two of us (me and my friend) one of us took charge of being the narrator and the other witch ;) Post 4 days of practice session we were all set to welcome the little munchkins for the session. You may watch the entire session by clicking on the link underneath. It was great fun for us and for children both and it would not have been feasible without the amazing team of children and adults we got the opportunity to work with.

Some glimpses to share with you from the session while children were in action doing the story based worksheet and craft:

It was worth the effort, we all had put in as we got to experience Happy Faces post the storytelling session.

Happy Storytelling & READING !