Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bremen Town Musicians ブレーメンの音楽隊

For my son's birthday this year I wanted to have a theme. My hope was to find something fun and interesting yet meaningful. Right now he loves animals and music so when I came across a file folder in a store with the Bremen Town Musicians pictured on the front inspiration hit!
We have a version of the famous old story in English and a German DVD animation. While looking around for party ideas I found some really cool things!
One suggestion for a classroom setting is to make masks of the various characters and then have the kids act out the story. There is a page with various lesson plan ideas based on the story.

The best "find" for me is a mini threater set 英語日本語紙芝居 ミニシアター ブレーメンの音楽隊 on It also comes in a larger, table top size. Each set includes kamishibai 紙芝居 (story board posters), a CD with the story told in English/Japanese and English only, 2 sets of question cards in English at different levels to test comprehension, a set of picture cards and a set of sight word cards.
For $10 - $15 dollars these mini theater sets are a real deal! What started out as a birthday party theme idea will easily be turned into an ongoing learning resource.

As you can see a 2 year old can enjoy the story as much as the adults did!

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