I am not good at using props. I thought that after I watched Jason, I would figure it out. I have long said I just wasn’t a prop person, but kids love props, especially, as Jason told us, anything that can go on their heads. I think they’re transforming.
So here are the two ways I’m making myself use props this year: first, I am keeping a milk carton on the floor in front of the class with a few that I plan to change out every so often. The kids have grabbed the pig hat to be the cat, and so on.
The other trick is that I smuggle a small prop (fake food, an animal) into the hands of a kid as she enters the room and tell her to try to work it into the story. That means that at least one kid has some weird ideas in the middle of the story.
I’d love to know how other people use props. I know there’s a whole camp that doesn’t use them at all, and I was in that group until I saw the power this summer. They mix things up…one of my goals this year.