How to Make a DIY Puppet Theater for Kids

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This DIY Puppet Theater can be used for many different themes in the classroom, afterschool, daycare, and other educational programs. Kids can learn storytelling, role playing, self expression, and more. It is great to use in categories such as Youth Character Development and a Bullying Prevention unit. Learn how to make the theater with step by step instructions below.

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Bullying Prevention Using Dramatic & Cooperative Play

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Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign that is truly important to me and the entire S&S team. I genuinely enjoy coming up with new and creative ways that kids can use our products to gain a greater understanding of what bullying is, raise awareness, and ultimately put an end to bullying.

This year, while thinking about what type of projects to create and share, I remembered an article I had read on the Parents Magazine website on social and emotional skills and dramatic play. The article talked about the importance of dramatic and cooperative play, reinforcing children learn how to take turns, share responsibility, and problem solve when engaging in these activities. What undoubtedly stood out in this article was simple, but resonated with me all these months later. “When children pretend to be different characters, they have the experience of walking in someone else’s shoes, which helps teach the moral skill of empathy.” Continue reading



Using Banners to Raise Awareness in Schools

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school bannersOur customers have some great ideas on how to use our products for their classroom, after school program, craft program, or at home. We love to share these ideas and hope to inspire others to create their own! 

Cynthia from Broward County Public Schools shares how their school uses our Color-Me™ Banner Easy Pack for special events.

Our goal in the Diversity, Prevention & Intervention (DPI) department at Broward County Public Schools is to lead the change for all students to achieve academic success today, while maintaining a drug and violence free tomorrow. We have three initiatives that aim to address violence and substance abuse prevention: Choose Peace Stop Violence that promotes peace, Project Brain that addresses underage drinking, and the Above the Influence (ATI) that encourages and promotes living above all negative influences. Continue reading



Collaborative Bullying Prevention Activities

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In order to prevent bullying in your classrooms and communities, you need to actively get children involved and engaged in anti-bullying activities, games, and crafts. In addition to our 7 Tips to Help You Prevent Bullying, we’ve listed some products below that can be used collaboratively within your group, class, or school to bring awareness to the harmful effects of bullying and continue the conversation about how to help prevent it.

10 Bullying Prevention Activities 

Color-Me™ Quilt

Promote awareness through creativity. This quilt comes with 25 squares and assorted cords to piece it all together once individuals have created their anti-bullying square. With paint, markers, embellishments, and even glitter, children will design and build a quilt that reinforces the important message that your group stands for. This can be hung in an area where the children can be reminded of its meaning.

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Superhero Theme for Bullying Prevention Month

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superhero theme bullying preventionOctober is National Bullying Prevention Month. It’s a time when parents, educators, and their community work together to raise awareness about bullying, and the negative impact it has on students. Since children are inspired by their favorite superhero, this is the perfect theme to incorporate into your bullying prevention program. They understand the difference between heroes and villains, which will help teach some important lessons when it comes to bullying. Here are some activity ideas for your classroom or afterschool program.

Characteristics of Superheroes vs Villains

Draw a chart on your whiteboard, message board, or poster board with Villains written on the left, and Superheros on the right. You can also write the word “bully” under Villains, but cover it with a piece of paper. Have students think of words that describe villains. When they raise their hand and say the word, write it under that column. Many common characteristics they think of are evil, mean, violent, and scary. Now have them raise their hands and say words that describe superheros, and write them under that column. They will say words like strong, helpful, kind, and brave. Now ask them which they’d like to be, a villain or superhero? Reveal the word “bully” under villains. This is a perfect way to lead a discussion about bullies and how they make others feel.

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