Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry
Teaching Awareness through Puppetry (TAP) teaches sensitivity, awareness and understanding of disabilities and differences through lively and entertaining puppetry. Our goal is to provide an educational experience to help students accept differences in themselves and in others. TAP covers a variety of disabilities, medical conditions and social issues. Performances are given by skilled volunteer puppeteers for children in grades 1-3, 4-6 and girls only grades 6-8. TAP’s highly-trained volunteer puppeteers travel across the Greater Toronto Area and other Ontario communities upon request to deliver lively scripted educational performances. Through the magic of tabletop puppetry, the audience is encouraged to interact with the puppets in a safe and non-threatening environment. Each performance is followed by a question and answer period between the puppets and the students. Questions are answered in an open and supportive way.
- Includes elements of the grades 1-8 Ontario Curriculum Requirements
- Informs and addresses myths, misconceptions and stereotypes about various disabilities, medical conditions, social issues, healthy living choices and daily life challenges
- Teaches students about being inclusive and helps promote understanding of each other
- Provides support and encouragement to students and educators
- Provides support and encouragement to students with a disability
- Provides a link to other resources in the community
You can even ask a puppet a question about spina bifida or hydrocephalus. Visit the TAP website www.tap-toronto.com “Ask a Puppet a question” section.
Andrew has hydrocephalus, and the script to go along with this puppet teaches children about the condition and how to relate to a fellow student who has it.
She has spina bifida. In her script she teaches her friend about spina bifida and about her love of acting and performing.
She has spina bifida and is excited about a day of skiing. Students learn about her love of, and ability to downhill ski despite living with spina bifida.