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I remember Kay well. Kay was tall for his age, a little ruddy, and his gray eyes looked serious into the world. Kay was a child with a great hunger for information. His questions were often surprising and complicated; why some clouds dissolve and others don’t, how a worm knew where to get out of the ground, how small people could have big feet and why some had more hair than others. These were typical Kay questions, and he didn’t always connect with the other children in my group. My puppet Doki liked Kay’s questions, Doki was also curious and fully understood that Kay was full of questions. Doki showed Kay his favorite books and Kay took his for Doki. Sometimes they stayed in together when the group played outside, and when I peeked in through the window, I would see Kay sitting there with Doki on his lap and an open book in front of him. They weren’t bored together.

Summer vacation was approaching and many kids seemed excited about it, but Kay didn’t. That surprised me because Kay was always looking forward to the weekend and I had never noticed anything during the shorter holidays. When I asked him about it, he said: “When it’s summer vacation, I won’t see Doki anymore. Doki will stay with you, and I’ll go to group 3, then he won’t be my friend anymore.” Kay made me realize that I had to include my puppet when saying goodbye to children. That I had to give them the opportunity to say goodbye to the puppet class. Doki had become part of the group, he came by every day and when he was there it was always nice and cozy. Doki made going to school more fun for many children, not only for Kay, but Kay was the first to indicate that he would miss Doki very much. From that moment on, my puppet got a place in the farewell, how I did that, I show you in this video. No worries, it has English subtitles.

I hope I can inspire you with it 🙂

Author

Helen Meurs (helenmeurs.com) is a pioneer in the field of Puppet Power, an independent trainer and developer. She offers online courses, is the lead instructor at the vocational training for puppet coaches, and authored the book ‘The Hand Puppet as a Educational Tool’. Subscribe to her newsletter if you want to know more.