Stuffed Animal Hospital
his is outdoor imaginative group play with clean stuffed animals that adults have advised children have an injury of some sort and have been abandoned. The animals are alone and need children’s help.
This empathy workshop is called “Matching Hearts” to familiarize children with the Big Ideas outlined above. For storycrafting skills, this workshop develops characterization, plot invention, role playing, conversational listening, and speaking.
Ask the children to put their animals in a safe and cozy place to heal as you summarize what the class just did: “Today we helped injured, orphaned animals feel better by imagining how they feel, and by trying to comfort them. That ability to feel others’ feelings and act with concern to help them is called empathy. Empathy might be a new word for you. It’s a good one. Practice saying it and doing it because empathy is what makes a person or animal feel safe, cared for, and respected among friends, families, and community.”
AGES: Preschool-grade 4
TIME: 1 hour; highly flexible