Persona Dolls provide an enjoyable, innovative and non-threatening way
to encourage young children to respond to those of other religions and
races with empathy, respect and sensitivity. In an ideal situation
children will meet real people of faith but when this is not feasible,
the use of persona dolls makes such 'encounters' available to all.
Extracts from Using Persona Dolls in Religious Education, by Shahne Vickery, published by Jumping Fish (2007) is available for download, reproduced with permission of the author www.natre.org.uk/cc/#2.
In discussion activities, the Persona Doll 'whispers' answers
to the teacher who speaks for him/her. The skill for the teacher is to
have a clear knowledge of the beliefs, practices and family life of the
doll they are using. The pack for purchase consists of:
Persona Dolls enable young children to begin to understand that people
have different cultures and beliefs and are a natural, child centred
way of enabling children to talk and play with 'children' from a range
of religions found in Britain today.
- A4 loose leaf file explaining the use of Persona Dolls and
providing details of the 'persona' of five faith Dolls: Elizabeth – a
British West Indian Anglican Christian; Samuel – an orthodox Jew ;
Harjeet – a British Asian Sikh; Hasan - a British Asian Muslim; Alka –
a British Asian Hindu.
- Guidance for the teacher about the family life and interests of
each 'child' – together with activity details for four themes
appropriate to early years RE – Being special, Special People, Special
Places and Special times.
- CD Rom of PowerPoint presentations showing each Doll visiting their
place of worship helps make the Doll come alive to the children. Each
Doll also has a 'backpack' containing a number of key resources to
which children are introduced during activities.