I gave the classic Montessori presentation with a marionette. The dancing marionette has "life" provided by the action of the human holding the strings. Just as when the boys play with toys, actions bring movement to objects. The Moteaco online album states: "If we have a group of marionettes that are not moving, they are simply objects without life. When someone comes along and pulls their strings, he/she makes them dance, walk, wave their arms; he/she gives them movement. The verb is movement."
I am using presentations from the Montessori Research and Development album for our work. However, the Moteaco page has a brief description of most of the activities if you are looking for somewhere to read the presentations all in one place and get the big picture. It also has suggestions for if you don't have a Marionette. Ours wasn't expensive, and I wanted to make sure the boys experienced a marionette. I also had an ulterior motive, prepping them to read Pinnochio (which won't make a lot of sense if you don't know what a marionette is).
Me Too demonstrates that the marionette is lifeless without the "energy."
The boys were delighted with the marionette. I had to set a timer repeatedly to keep them from fighting over it.
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