- Hearing what children/young people think.
- Allowing children/young people who don't usually express an opinion have a voice through their puppet.
You will require
- Materials to make sock puppets (enough for every child)
- Some prepared questions
What to do
This could be held over two sessions - one for making the puppets, and the second for the discussion.
- Make puppets together.
- Go round and ask the participants to introduce their puppet.
- Introduce the theme/discussion along these lines, 'If your fine collection of puppets were to come to (theme/activity/church) I wonder what they would have to say about it? Let's ask them.'
- Ask your questions (there are suggestions below) of the puppets rather than their owners.
- You (or another puppet) can ask further questions to clarify answers.
- Have someone outside the circle make notes of what is said.
- Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or your church/group) do? Who can help things to change?
- What can you tell us about (theme/activity/church)?
- What do you enjoy about (theme/activity/church)?
- Is there anything you don't like about (theme/activity/church)?
- If you were in charge (theme/activity/church) what would you do differently?
- What's the most important thing about (theme/activity/church)?
- Does ever feel confused/sad at (theme/activity/church)?
- What might encourage your friends to come to (theme/activity/church)?
Do it differently
- In 2s or 3s get the participants to put together a short puppet sketch that addresses one of the questions. Perform it for the PCC/group leaders.