One Way to Channel the Drama

now i'm reading plays boxed sets!

Some of the more gut-wrenching, heartfelt performances you’ve witnessed have been by a 5-year-old. Yours.

So if a skinned knee usually ends with shouts of “Bravo!” think about focusing those melodramatic tendencies in the direction of Innovative Kids’s Now I’m Reading Plays.

Perfect for new readers ages 5 and up, box sets of The Three Little Pigs or Cinderella include character masks, a storybook, and five personalized scripts. Individual lines are highlighted and bolded to make it easier for mini method actors to follow along.

We read the book first to familiarize our cast with the setting, characters, and plot. Next, we let them get to work creating costumes and practicing their lines. Our performances took place sitting in a circle on the playroom rug. But that didn’t stop them from taking a bow.

Available online at spoonsisters.com.

 this week in atlanta!

Oakhurst Arts & Music Festival

What: Face painting, a one-man circus demo, and tons of hands-on activities.
Why: Satisfy sweet tooths at the cookie decorating booth.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; children’s area, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village, E. Lake Dr., at Oakview Rd., Decatur. Admission is free.

Charlotte’s Web
What: The classic tale of Wilbur and his spider friend never gets old.
Why: Talented puppeteers capture the piggy’s antics just right.
When: Thru Oct. 31.
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, at 18th St., Midtown. Tickets at 404-873-3391 or online at tickets.puppet.org. Adults and children 2 and up, $16; under 2, free.

Mommy & Me

What: Take a spin through the museum, make crafts, and explore history in this program just for tots.
Why: This week, learn about critters that kept homesick Civil War soldiers company.
When: Ongoing. Thurs., 10 a.m.
Where: Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw (770-427-2117). Adults, $7.50; children 4-12, $5.50; under 4, free.

Photo: Courtesy of The Spoon Sisters

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Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
2829 Cherokee St
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village
E Lake Dr
@ Oakview Rd
Decatur, GA 30030
1404 Spring St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309