Lindy's Dialogue: Stay Out of My Space
(By Margaret C Arvanitis) (All rights reserved. Please when using this give the author credit.)
Characters: Lindy and teacher
Props: Two chairs
Teacher: (takes Lindy from his place.) Good Morning, Lindy. I have a riddle for you.
Lindy: I love riddles. They make me think. What is it?
What must stay in one space but can move?
Lindy: Hummmm, if something stays in
one place, it can't move. If it moves it would lose its place. Wouldn’t it? (Have puppet appear to be thinking hard about the
answer.) I give up. What is the answer?
How can everything be the answer? Some things can move and some things can't move. (Lindy pushes on the chair with nose.) This chair can't move by itself. It has to stay in the same place unless
someone moves it. But I can move. (Move Lindy around) See I can change my place from here to here.
Lindy, I didn't say 'place'. I said 'space’. The riddle is "What has to stay in one space but may move?
Lindy: What is the difference between place and space?
Teacher: (indicate the chair.) I have set this chair in this place. (Point to the floor.) If I move it out of this place it isn't in this place anymore, is it? (Move chair.)
Lindy: Of course not. It's where you moved it.
But it still has its space no matter where I move it.
Lindy: (shakes head)
Excuse me, but I don't understand.
Teacher: I'll show you. (Name a student) Will you please sit in this chair. (Child sits in chair.)
Now Lindy, (child’s) place is on this chair, right? (Lindy nods yes.) (Child) will you please move to that chair? (Indicate 2nd chair. Child does as asked.) Now she has changed her place from this chair to that chair, but she is still in her space.
I could push her off and sit on the chair myself.
Teacher has puppet gently try to occupy child's space by pretending to push it in the child's space. (Gentle does it. This is a fun action and should make the
Teacher: No matter how hard you try you can take her place
but you can't take her space. She just moves her space away from you.
now I see. Your space goes with you everywhere you go. If you move, you still take your space with you.
Teacher: That's the answer. Space that has
something in it is called occupied space. All the rest of space on this earth is empty, or unused space. We can move in unused space but we can't go into occupied space.
And wherever my body is, is my space? (Touch chair) This chair has a space. (Touch wall) the wall has a space?
Teacher: yes, everyone and everything
has its own space. (To students) Can you tell Lindy more things that have their own space?
(Encourage each student to name something that would be in occupied space. It can be ANYTHING, like house,
school building, car, tree, dog, etc.)
Lindy: Everything on this planet has its space, including ME.
Teacher: Yes, your space is yours alone and no one can take it from you. Each year as you grow older you'll get a little more space to call your own.
Lindy: So the answer to the riddle, "What must stay in one space but can move" is everything that can move. Wow. I wonder if my friend, Merle Squirrel knows he has his own space. Excuse
me. I want to find him and see if he can answer this riddle.