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Seasons Fruit Babies (Contrast with old age) Feelings
Preparation for the programme
Discuss feelings of loneliness. Who might feel lonely ? When? Why? Repeat activity thinking about people who feel cross or angry and those who feel forgiving.
Remind children of previous programmes where there has been thought about feelings and caring.
The programme will address Dottie and Buzz behaving in a way that they should not, the programme will also look at the effect of their behaviour on others.
Suggestions for discussion whilst watching
Encourage children to think about what they would do if they liked and wanted something that didn't belong to them.
Ask children to think about why Mr Whipple is different from Dottie and Buzz and what it is about him that lets us know that he is different.
Encourage children to discuss who they think might be in the photo that Mr Whipple looks at.
Follow up activities and discussion points
Using the Website resources
Using the scenes provided explore and discuss the actions of Buzz and the reactions of those around him.
Look together at each scenario. In groups take on different reactions from Buzz and how those around him respond to him. Then see if the reactions on the website are the same. Discuss any differences.
The 'Things that...' printable sheet is a drawing/writing activity that encourages children to think about sharing and ownership.
Language and Literacy
How does it feel to be lonely? Have the children ever felt lonely? What made them feel better?
How does it feel to be cross? Have the children ever felt cross? What made them feel cross? What made them feel better?
How does it feel to be forgiven? Have the children ever been forgiven? What were they forgiven for doing?
What is there in Mr. Whipple's house that tells us that he is old? How is his house different from ours?
What is a windfall? Why do the windfall apples need to be picked up? Investigate what happens to apples that are left in different places over a period of time. Where is the best place to keep apples?
Make an apple pie and share it between the class or group. Dottie and Buzz made their apple pie as a way of saying thank you to Mr Whipple for forgiving them. What could your apple pie be a thank you to each other for?
Using the materials in a church context
Look at the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19. It helps to illustrate the idea of choices and good and bad decisions.
We all make mistakes and bad decisions from time to time. What is important is that we listen to the lessons God teaches us and think about the way we know we should behave and act to make God happy. If we are truly sorry and try and make up for what we have done we will be forgiven, like Zacchaeus.
Printable notes and Activity Sheets >>
(There is also a list of all the printed support materials for using Dottie and Buzz in church.)
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