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.
What: Keep her tresses tidy with locally made barrettes ($3-$11).
Why: Bows with teeny skulls just in time for Halloween.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Roost Urban Country Design, 40 Front St., Salem (978-744-4663).
Ripegoods Mama Necklaces
What: Boston-based mother and daughter team whip up jewelry ($58-$75) with your munchkin’s initials and birth date on it.
Why: The earthy brass, sterling silver, or gemstone charms add oomph to any outfit.
When: You’re ready to shine.
Where: Online at ripegoods.bigcartel.com.
What: A raucous lineup of musicians takes to the streets.
Why: Jazzy New Orleans-style brass bands guarantee loads of smiles.
Where: All about town. Schedule and locations online at honkfest.org. Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of The Spoon Sisters
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