Ruskus’ Little Train is an activity in English about a clown who befriends a train, which generates amusing situations. The work aims at kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade students. Music, magic, puppets, and humor are the tools used to work on basic concepts of English.
It all starts when the train breaks down, and Ruskus wants to fix it, which ruins it even more. Little by little, the train gets dismantled, and Ruskus clowns with its pieces while kids all crack up.
After a while, the fairy arrives and transforms the chimney into a magical tube from which things come out of nowhere: colored silks, toys, food, and even a pacifier.
Finally, the engine becomes a puppet theater with a charming puppet who plays the xylophone and makes Ruskus angry with its antics.
To ensure easy understanding, expressions in English always go together with comprehensible visual actions that help to understand the storyline.
Fact sheet and video
LANGUAGE: totally in English
AGE RANGE: 3 to 7 years old (kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade)
SUBJECT: a mischievous train
DURATION: 35 min
PERFORMANCE AREA: minimum dimensions 3 x 4 m
EQUIPMENT: sound system is provided; there is no need for neither platform nor special lighting
SET UP: 45-60 min; strike 25-35 min
It was great! Everyone ─boys, girls, and teachers─ had a great time and laughed a lot. The vocabulary in English was very well, we were able to participate a lot in the performance, and nobody got disconnected even a second.
– Sílvia S., Escola Brianxa (Tordera)
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