Urashima and the Turtle – a story adapted for young children

Urashima and the Turtle – a story adapted for young children

  Urashima and the Turtle a  generously adapted Japanese folk tale for early childhood   Long ago and far away in a land by the sea, there lived a boy called Urashima, who loved the great green waves and mists of froth dancing in the air when the waters crashed on the rocks.  He kept his wooden boat on the stretch of white sand there, and every day at purple sunrise he would row out and fish, for he was a fisherman who loved the salty water as a brother. One day he got a strong tug on his line and pulled it in.  On the end was not a huge fish as he thought, but an old wrinkled turtle. “Ho old friend”,  he said, “ do not fear, I will let you live on for a long life”, and  ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on July 9th, 2012

The Clover Children and Mother Earth – a sweet healing tale

The Clover Children and Mother Earth – a sweet healing tale

                The Clover Children and Mother Earth a sweet healing tale from the April 2012 Story Newsleetter   Story Theme - gentle lessons on life My grandmother lived to be 100 years old.  She was an inspiration in my life, and taught me to knit, crochet, pick blackberries and make jam.  I would say, without a doubt, she had a life of good fortune! I loved walking with her in a meadow, because she would find a four-leaf clover each and every time we were near a clover patch!  It was always a magical time when she showed me the four lovely leaves.  I grew up undertanding how lucky they were. This story is a little gentle healing story for children.  It is a whisper of a therapeutic tale about diversity. ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on June 16th, 2012

Full Moon Fairy Ring Tale

Full Moon Fairy Ring Tale

A Full Moon Tale Looking Through the Honey Jar Here is a story inspired by a fairy ring that grew in our yard in British Columbia.... My children and my friends spent many a full moon night making wishes in the fairy ring.... Here is what wikipedia says about the mysterious and wonderful fairy ring phenomenon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_ring The story below is from my May story newsletter - to see it in full  click here   Story Theme -  Awakening Wonder Whenever we can bring warm and joyful wonder to the world around us, and share that with a child, we change the soul of a child forever. We must genuinely feel the wonder in our own inner life first, and then it will clothe the ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on May 5th, 2012

Boulder, CO – Puppetry and Felting Events 2012

Boulder, CO – Puppetry and Felting Events 2012

Juniper Tree School of Puppetry Arts & Larkspur Felting School Boulder, CO Events 2012 March 24-26 Language Dev./Storytelling/Puppetry - Lifeways Boulder May 5 - Needle-Felting Fairy Tale Tapestries July 20-22 - The Four Seasons Rod Puppet Course August 11,12 - Felting Festival for Early Childhood Teachers/Parents September 2012 - June 2013 A Felting  Arts Training Course Level 1 Begins! Director Suzanne Down http://junipertreepuppets.com http://larkspurfeltingchool.weebly.com Suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com Find us on Facebook - Juniper Tree Puppets, Larkspur Felting ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on March 9th, 2012

New England 5 Day course June 2012 – The Mother Rod Puppet

New England 5 Day course June 2012 – The Mother Rod Puppet

The Mother Archetype - Touched into Being The Healing of the Mother and Baby Rod Puppet A 5-day Professional Development Week for ECE Keene, NH                          June 26-30 2012 Join us for 5 days of early childhood professional development where we focus on The Mother Archetype and the sense of Touch/Warmth/Life, and it's meaning for our children.  We will develop beautiful and meaningful Mother Rod Puppets and Babies, and delve into how to imbue them with  healing gestures and ensoul them with the therapeutic virtues of the soul's power.  We will create stories that make our children feel safe in the mother's arms, so they will trust the world around them and know that all is well in the kindgom....

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on March 6th, 2012

Mother Earth – The Four Season Puppet

Mother Earth – The Four Season Puppet

Mother Earth - The Four Season Puppet A Workshop Day for ECE Teachers and Parents Held at the  Washington DC Waldorf School April 22                           10:00 - 4:00 Join us for this delightful Sunday Workshop for Early Childhood Teachers and Parents. Our theme is Mother Earth, as a beloved and meaningful character for our children.  She is the wise story guide that reveals the magic and wonder of  the four seasons of the year.  We could say she may just be the one puppet you most want in your repertoire! We will create beautiful Mother Earth Table/Lap Puppets and work with ensouling them in a truthful and archetypal way, one that will be worthy ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on March 5th, 2012

The Healing Art of the Protection Story

The Healing Art of the Protection Story

Therapeutic Puppetry Tool Box Series: The Healing Art of the Protection Story A Regional ECE Professional Development Workshop - All Welcome Location - Tucson AZ Sat., Sun. March 29,30 2014                       9:00-4:00 - 9:00-1:00 Today’s children need to be reassured that all is right with their world.  We want to provide them with a childhood where they can breathe deeply, sleep well, and feel safe.  One of the best ways to bring peace and healing imagination to them is through stories and puppet theater.  In this workshop we will explore several aspects of therapeutic and artistic story and puppetry that you can use immediately in your classrooms and homes.  We will explore how to create ‘protection stories’ to surround ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on February 10th, 2012

Valentines Story – The Valentine Baker of Pink

Valentines Story – The Valentine Baker of Pink

This story is from Juniper Tree Puppet's February story newsletter 2012 - image by feltsewgood February is the valentines month, a special time to make magic for children, but how do we do that in a meaningful way.  I have always used the power of a story and a puppet play to help create a celebratory mood around the 'smaller' special days.  Story serves as an antidote to the commercialization of life. The Valentine Baker of Pink Once on an island in the Pacific North West, there was a little village called Pink.  It was a funny name for a town, but it was named Pink after all the thousands upon thousands of cherry blossoms that bloomed there early each spring.  The townspeople were very proud ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on February 6th, 2012

A New Year Story – The Four Brothers – adapted for puppetry

A New Year Story – The Four Brothers – adapted for puppetry

here is a story from our story newsletter Jan. 2012 - to sign up for this free monthly newsletter please CLICK HERE for upcoming  rod puppet workshop in Fair Oaks california on the Four Season Rod Puppet CLICK HERE New Year Story - The Four Brothers an old tale adapted for puppetry by Suzanne Down It was early in the year, and still cold snowy winter.  A poor mother and her daughter lived in a small cottage in a village near the great woods.  One morning, Mother called to Elyena and said, 'dear daughter, go to our neighbors house and ask if they have food to spare, for we now have nothing left to eat.'  Elyena put on her warmest winter clothes ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on January 14th, 2012

How the Robin Got His Red Breast – adapted for puppetry

How the Robin Got His Red Breast – adapted for puppetry

How the Robin Got it’s Red Breast (Adapted for puppetry from a French Christmas Legend) The north wind doth blow And we shall have snow And what will poor robin do then Poor thing. He’ll sit in the barn To keep himself warm And hide his head under his wing Poor thing. Late one winter’s night a lone robin flew seeking shelter. The north winds blew icy and bitter cold. The little bird looked out over the land, but saw no place to find safety. So he flew on, his wings covered with ice. After a time he saw a little light ahead. It seemed to come from a small barn. As he flew closer he saw it was a stable. At least it would protect him from the winds, so he flew in the open door and settled on the top-most rafter. He ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on December 14th, 2011

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