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The Mopple Mishap

This activity follows lessons learned in "The Mopple Mishap."

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Activity Recommendations

4 or more children (the more the merrier!) supervised by an adult.

What You'll Need
  • A list of pre-made phrases of varying difficulty.
  • Here are a few suggestions:
    • Dogs dig holes for big bones
    • Chelsea chased a chubby chicken
    • Mommy munched the moose's lunch
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What To Do
  1. Have the kids sit in a circle. They should be close enough to one another that they can whisper to their neighbor without the other children hearing what they say.
  2. The first person whispers the phrase to the person next to them.
  3. Players continue whispering the phrase to the next person until the last player is reached.
  4. The last player says the phrase out loud so everyone can hear how it has changed from the start.
  5. A few tips. Kids may only whisper the phrase once, so they need to say it clearly while the other person listens actively. The more the phrase changes, the more fun it is, so avoid familiar sayings. Only the first player should know the original phrase.
  6. Young children may get quite silly playing this game, so it’s best to choose the phrases yourself. For the most fun, use rhyming phrases or words that sound similar.
Discussion Questions
  • Use the Telephone game as a springboard to discuss listening skills. What happens to the phrase by the time it gets to the last person? Why are listening skills so important?
  • In the episode, why did the Mopples panic? Did they hear what Barbie actually said?
Follow-Up Activities

Words are one way we communicate, but pictures also tell a story. Using a book the children have not read, have them make up a story to go along with the pictures. Then try this with the book, Tuesday, by David Wiesner.

Books

Tuesday, by David Wiesner (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1991) 
Mice Squeak, We Speak, by Arnold Shapiro (G.P. Putnam, 1997) 
Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken, by Daniel Pinkwater (Feiwel & Friends, 2010)

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