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7th graders design puppets for a play for kindergarteners

“We had to think about how the puppets can be engaging and how the kindergarteners can recognize who they are. For example, this is Little Red Riding Hood and I’ve used red accents. And we also have to think about movement so parts of the puppet can move and it looks more realistic than if the whole puppet just moves around. We were also supposed to think about how we can make it fun for them to enjoy the performance. It can’t be too complicated because they are small.”

That’s true, they’re only five years old. Is this Grandma’s house?
“No, this is Little Red Riding Hood’s house. We’ve made a head of her mom, so she can peek out.”

That’s nice. What have you learnt so far?
“I’ve learnt how to cut stuff a bit better and to use the knife to make little details and make it look nice. I am sure that later we’ll learn how to voice act.”

Have you met the kindergarteners yet?
“No, not yet, we’re gonna meet them on Friday. They’re gonna see our puppets and then they’ll give us feedback so we can make them better.”

Meanwhile, their design teacher Sameera is busy at another table, talking to the group about what they will ask the kindergartners so the 7th graders can get useful feedback from their clients on their prototypes. “What is something that you can ask them?” Sameera asks the group.

“‘Do you like it?’” one boy suggests.
“What if five people like it and one person does not like it, what will you do then?” Sameera asks. “A question like ‘Do you like it?’ is very subjective, and then what are you going to do with their answers? How will you use that feedback?”

“What about ‘What do you think this is?’” a classmate suggests.

“That’s a good question,” Sameera thinks. “Then you can show them both versions of your dragon and you can ask them ‘Which one do you like more?’ And if they say ‘This one’, you can ask them why. That way, you'll find out how to improve your dragon and make it better for your audience.”