- Hearing what young children think.
- Allowing children who don't normally express an opinion have a voice through their teddy.
You will require
- Each child to bring a teddy bear (or similar soft toy - you may need a few spares)
- A teddy (or soft toy) of your own
- Some questions to ask
- Decide what you want to find out about - it might be your church group, worship, your toddler group, an activity or trip.
What to do
- Sit the children in a circle with their teddies.
- Go round and ask the children to tell you the name of their teddy.
- Introduce your teddy, 'This is Libby Bear. She's seen lots of you teddies in church. But Libby doesn't know much about church/name of group and she'd like to ask you some questions.'
- Ask your questions (there are suggestions below). Keep it to just two or three, and address the teddy (by name, if possible) rather than the child. Don't push the child to respond if s/he is reluctant.
- Your teddy can ask further questions to clarify answers.
- Have someone outside the circle taking notes of what is said.
- Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or yourt church/group) do? Who can help things to change?
- Teddy X, what can you tell Libby Bear about church/your group?
- Teddy X, what's favourite thing to do at church/your group?
- Teddy X, if you were in charge what would you do at church/your group?
- Teddy X, do you ever feel sad at church/your group? Can you tell me about it?
- Teddy X, do you ever talk to Jesus? How do you do that?
- Teddy X, what's your favourite song about Jesus/God?
- Teddy X, what's your favourite story about God?