Have more time? Explore these SHORT AT-HOME ACTIVITIES with your child before coming to Symphony Center!
2-minute activity: What is Courage?
1. Guide your child through a discussion about courage, using the following questions as prompts:
- What does it mean to have courage?
- Does courage look the same for everyone?
- How is being courageous different from being fearless?
7-minute activity: Character Themes
Explore each of the musical themes that Prokofiev used to represent each character. You can simply listen, or use the prompts below.
Bird (Spotify Track 1, 0:13–0:30): The Bird’s theme is played by the flute, which is part of the woodwind family in the orchestra. The flute is commonly used to depict the sound of a bird.
Duck (Spotify Track 1, 0:33–0:50): The Duck’s theme is played by the oboe, which is also part of the woodwind family.
Cat (Spotify Track 1, 0:52–1:12): The Cat’s theme is played by the clarinet, which is another member of the woodwind family.
Grandfather (Spotify Track 1, 1:15–1:40): The Grandfather’s theme is also played by a woodwind instrument, the bassoon. The bassoon is the lowest instrument of the woodwind family.
Wolf (Spotify Track 1, 1:44–2:02): The Wolf’s theme is played by the French horns, which are part of the brass family.
Peter (Spotify Track 1, 2:06–2:27): Peter’s theme is played by the string family of the orchestra.
The Hunters (Spotify Track 1, 2:32–2:39): The Hunters’ theme is depicted by woodwinds and a trumpet, with gunshot sounds represented by the timpani and bass drum, which are part of the percussion family.
10-minute+ activity: The Story