Learn magic, explore your memories and make a World War II-inspired poster in this Family Activity for Nivelli's War
! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog
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In Nivelli's War
, the main character, Ernst, learns magic. Before you see the show, watch the two videos below and learn classic card tricks from New Victory Teaching Artist Steve Cuiffo.
In the time of Nivelli's War
there was no TV or internet to advertise or make announcements. Posters during WWII were often used to relay news or provide important information about what to do in case of emergency. Make your own WWII-inspired poster to share something exciting happening in your family this week!
Poster template, paper or poster board, art supplies (markers, crayons)
World War II posters, like the examples below, often contained a title
, an imaginative picture
and a catchy slogan
. Look at the posters below and identify the title
, the picture
and the slogan
Choose an upcoming family event or something you're proud of that happened this week (it could be about something you accomplished or something a family member has done).
Brainstorm a title, picture and slogan for the event or accomplishment you’ve chosen.
For example, maybe your family plans to eat banana pancakes this weekend...
Banana Pancakes This Sunday
Draw a picture of a monkey eating the pancakes with your family
"So good, we've got to share!"
Maybe your kitchen has gotten a bit messy....
Dishes Overtake the Sink.
Draw a picture of a giant dish monster emerging from your sink.
"Pick up a sponge and get scrubbing!"
Using your art supplies, color your poster and hang it where everyone can see!
is told through the perspective of Ernst, based on memories from his childhood. We all recall important memories differently. Remembering details like smell, sound and taste help bring a memory back to life. In this activity, choose one memory your whole family shares and compare and contrast the different details you each recall.
Memory Prompts template, a large piece of paper, writing utensils, art supplies (markers, crayons)
As a group, decide on a memory that you all share, like a family vacation or holiday celebration. Then, individually fill out the answers on your Memory Prompts.
Once your Memory Prompts worksheet has been filled out, share them with one another. Were there any:
Create a Memory Mural together by using one piece of large paper (the bigger the better). Everyone draw a part of their shared memory.
Once finished, look at the mural together and consider these questions:
- Does it feel like everyone’s memories are represented?
- If not, what would you add?
- How does your family collect and save memories?
- Are there other memories that your family often refers back to? Why are these memories important to your family?
We invite you to deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites
, Arts Express and Talk-Backs!
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