Kids on the Block is a free, entertaining and educational puppet program designed for elementary age students. Topics addressed are: bullying, stranger awareness, divorce, physical abuse, sexual abuse, conflict resolution and dealing with anger.
Teachers and children trust the child-size Kids on the Block puppets to talk truthfully in child friendly language about tough issues that affect their lives. Kids on the Block puppets don’t make demands or criticize, but they tell it like it is with age-appropriate presentations on important life issues.
Since 2006, the KOB puppet program has been equipping elementary school students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the harmful effects of child abuse while empowering children to seek help from trusted adults if abuse is happening to them. Additionally, a strong bullying prevention puppet program empowers students to speak-up for themselves and others while reaching out to trusted adults to prevent and intervene in bullying situations.
KOB programming can accommodate up to 6 classes per grade, per puppet show. Ideally, KOB should be presented in an auditorium, media-center or common area large enough to accommodate student seating that is conducive to discussion. KOB is not an all school assembly program; rather, KOB provides age appropriate puppet shows at selected grade levels.
The Japanese Bunraku style of puppetry helps the puppeteer to disappear and the puppets to come alive. This style of puppetry is extremely effective in creating an atmosphere where children feel safe and comfortable asking the puppets questions about the topic after the show.
Kids on the Block puppeteer educators teach children how to protect themselves in difficult situations. The teams of performers travel to classrooms, club meetings, churches, daycares, and other organizations to deliver their very special messages. KOB puppets provide a friendly environment that allows children to share their feelings and fears with the puppeteers and others.
The Parent Child Center strongly encourages schools and organizations to schedule performances on the same day of the week for two consecutive weeks in order for students to experience the full impact of Kids on the Block. This will allow each of the shows to be performed for children in Pre-K through 6th grade.
To schedule Kids on the Block performances for your school or organization, please contact the Kids on the Block Coordinator at 918-599-7999
- KTUL: Empowering Kids Against Sexual Abuse (2/26/2015)
- Kids On The Block Featured In KJRH Story About Stranger Danger (5/6/2014)
- Tulsa Kids: Bringing Down Bullies (8/2/2012)
- Tulsa Drillers, Tulsa Public Schools and PCCT announce anti-bullying campaign (11/3/2011)