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Drawing on the themes of selflessness and fairness, friendship and kindness in Penny Harris and Winnie Zhou’s first two released Ginnie & Pinney titles, 3, 2, 1, Here I Come and Pinney the Winner, today we will be draw attention to skills and strategies to help children be aware of making positive choices when approaching a range of ethical situations. Children will be able to consider how their actions affect others through role play, imagination, communication and utilising fine motor skills.
Key Curriculum Areas: Early Years Learning Framework
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
Children develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience and sense of agency
Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Children develop a sense of belonging to groups and communities and an understanding of the reciprocal rights and responsibilities necessary for active community participation
Children become aware of fairness
Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
Reference: Early Years Learning Framework
3 – 6 years
Introduce the books, ‘3, 2, 1, Here I Come‘ and ‘Pinney the Winner‘.
What does the word ‘selflessness’ mean? What does it mean to be ‘fair’? Does it mean that everyone should get the same, and is it fair if someone gets more because they need it more?
Should we only play games and do things we are good at? Why or why not?
Did the friends in the books listen to what each other wanted?
In ‘3, 2, 1, Here I Come‘, should the friends have let Ginnie hide for as long as she wanted? How do you think Ginnie felt? How do you think the friends felt when they couldn’t find her at the end? Are the friends being mean or is their reason for not wanting to keep playing a good one?
In ‘Pinney the Winner‘, should the friends have let Pinney win a race because he wanted to win so desperately? How did Pinney handle being laughed at? Was that a kind thing for the friends to do? What were the good thoughts and behaviours that Pinney showed in the story?
What have you learnt from reading these stories? Can you share an experience when you thought a game was unfair? What did you do? Can you share a time when you, or someone else, did something ‘selfless’ for another? What was the end result?
Finger Puppet Role Play Activity
Instructions for the Finger Puppet Activity as outlined on the Ginnie & Pinney blog.
Handmade puppets, alternatively, download and print the characters (see ‘Character cut outs’ download below) and stick a small strip of paper or a band around the bottom and slide them on your fingers.
Activity sheet download (in the Finger Puppet Activity link above).
- Use the finger puppets (handmade or cut outs) to place on fingers in the same order as seen on the activity sheet. Can you follow their order?
- Choose a story, or a section of the story, to role play using the puppets. Choose your own wording, or even change the ending! How do the characters talk to each other – kindly, or are they mean? Try role play ‘kind behaviour’ and ‘unkind behaviour’.
- Discuss what was fair. What was unfair? What was selfless? What was selfish?
- Other ways to use the finger puppets:
- Create a scene using the accessory cut outs (below) with a large box or against a wall. Make a show for your friends!
- Design and produce a gift, picture or card by pasting the cut outs onto paper and sharing some kind thoughts with a friend or family member.
- Write or draw a story / make your own book about being selfless or fair. Paste in the cut outs to add to your illustrations.
Parent / Teacher discussion questions for 3, 2, 1, Here I Come can be downloaded here.
Parent / Teacher discussion questions for Pinney the Winner can be downloaded here.
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