All is busy here preparing for teaching practice two. Of course, instead of working on my modular plan, I am knee-deep in creating my newest DIY job..which is.. A PROP BOX! A”Prop Box” is essentially a box full of materials related to the same theme or topic, which help students to enter into dramatic roles.
My prop box will be used in Drama. I often find (especially with the older classes) that children find it much easier to enter into the drama world and really participate, when they are wearing the correct gear!
I have been rooting out all the wardrobes at home in search of props and I have come up trumps! The amount of ‘stuff’ that my sisters and I have gathered over the years is crazy! So Mom is getting the cupboards cleared out at last, and I am getting loads of props… everyone wins!
So far, I have been dividing my props by the theme I will be using each week. My themes are as follows:
Our Local Area,
So, the props I have gathered for my Communications theme are:
· A really old telephone which belonged to my grandmother.
· A variety of old mobile phones.
· An old letter
· A set of stamps.
· An assortment of leaflets and brochures
· A Dictaphone
· Old newspapers and greeting cards
That’s all I have so far but I am still searching!
A variety of clothing…are you going somewhere warm? If so you’ll need
· sunglasses, a straw hat, sun cream, sandals.
How about somewhere cold, like Antarctica? You’ll need:
· woollen hats, gloves, scarves, goggles to protect your eyes from the glare of the ice/snow, a warm throw-over blanket.
What supplies will you need to ensure survival?
· A compass, a map, a mini globe, a magnifying glass, binoculars, torches.
A few general bits and bobs which can be used with any theme: ( courtesy of PPDS)
Plastic flower (credible) on stem….. a rose
Telephone / mobile phone
Length of material
Wooden treasure chest
Piece of white web curtain for weddings,
curtains, bedcovers, cloaks etc
Selection of fabrics
Box – mystery box
Knitting needles and wool
Pack of cards
Stick / hurley
Tea towel – tie a knot to make a puppet
Roll of tin foil
Large square of white fabric
Sun glasses / old glasses
I’ll put up photos of the finished product when it’s all done.