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07 · 02 · 2022

Dodo Tells Fairy Tales

Dodo Tells Fairy Tales

Danish Cultural Institute Turkey has started the year 2022 with a fairy tale reading and three different workshop activities for children aged 6-8. The Dodo Tells Fairy Tales workshops, which we organized jointly with Atta Festival and Bütün Çocuklar Bizim Derneği, has met with children on the 3rd and 4th of February. The event venues were located at Neighbourhood Houses which is an initiative developed by Istanbul Municipality. These Neighbourhood Houses operate in neighbourhoods that have difficulties in accessing various services due to their economic conditions. The aim of the Neighbourhood Houses is to expand the educational and psychosocial support that Istanbul Municipality provides to every part of Istanbul. The Neighbourhood Houses in which the workshops took place are located at Örnektepe, Sulukule, and Zafer, and around 50 children participated at each Neighbourhood House. Events were held in compliance with the Covid-19 restrictions in Turkey.


The events started with the narration of the tale of the Flying Trunk by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The tale was told by Ebru Aran, who works as a storyteller at Bütün Çocuklar Bizim Derneği. The Dodo puppet, a character with which the association has carried out projects before, was used in the fairy tale reading. While getting to know Danish culture and literature, the children has also learnt about a world-famous author.


After the storytelling, the instructors Aslı Misoğlu and Büşra Süer held a workshop with the children. During the workshop, children were encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills by asking questions about the story they had heard. In addition to vital skills such as creative thinking and environmental awareness, the aim was also to acquire social skills such as self-expression, effective communication and taking responsibility in the group. At the beginning of the workshop, an event package specifically prepared for the event was distributed, consisting of crayons, colouring pages, glue, craft papers and materials suitable for recycling. Children answered questions asked about the fairy tale by drawing and painting through these activity packs.


In the workshop, besides drawing and painting, activities such as scamper technique, drama and role playing, creative thinking, handicraft activities, movement and body percussion were done. Noise pollution and fireworks, which are frequently discussed in the fairy tale, was re-evaluated together with children, focusing on improving human activities that are harmful to nature and other living things. Children were asked about which climates and which different creatures they would see while traveling if they had a flying trunk, and the awareness of being integrated with nature and living in harmony with nature was also developed. After the workshop, activity packages were given to the children.