“Sorry, My Birthday Party Has Been Cancelled.” – Considerations of Puppetry and Conscious Literature Education on Serious Themes of Covid-2019 and Climate Exchange in Early Childhood Education


This presentation will focus on the possibilities of puppetry and conscious literature education (bibliotherapy approach) in early childhood education teacher studies (ECE), and thus later, also among children in kindergartens. Students (200) are in the middle of a process in puppetry and children’s literature. Process is about strong emotions (see Trevarthen 2012, 263), and puppetry makes feelings visible (Majaron 2012, 11, Scheel, 2012). Pritney Method (PM) is created to realize the project (Suvilehto 2020, 2021). The theoretical background consists of puppetry, and bibliotherapy approach. The paper will discuss some findings from cases where puppetry and children’s literature are used with ECE students to study emotions, and current issues (eg. climate chance, Covid-19 pandemic) in short experimental cases. Based on the observations and notions of university students doing their puppetry and children’s literature project, there is a consideration of the value of consciousness and emotions in drama education to transform ideas into visible moments of puppetry. All this reflection is followed by the practiced examples of studies in ECE. Processing current issues with puppets is beneficial. In summary, art experiences are valuable when creating aesthetic and pedagogical moments by puppetry and conscious literature education. The session will use examples from the studies of literary art and drama education in ECE to illuminate, how puppetry and bibliotherapy approach are used in education. Students may together create possibilities to enjoy moments of puppetry and children’s literature. Presentation integrates performative aspects.

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Pirjo Suvilehto, University of Oulu, Finland

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Conference: PCAH2022
Stream: Arts - Literary Arts Practices

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