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PUFF, THE MAGIC DRAGON -----Down Memory Lane

Updated: Apr 9, 2022

Written by Taokia, centre manager of Flying Kiwi Preschool


"Puff, the magic dragon, lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honalee

Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff

And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff, oh Puff, the magic dragon, lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honalee

Puff, the magic dragon, lived by the sea

And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honalee

............."

(1962, written by Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow )

I was reading to a small group in the library corner and during this time the children and I could also hear music from another room playing softly in the background.


My initial thought about this music was that it sounded familiar and old. As I listened further I realised the music came from an old folk song called “Puff The Magic Dragon”.


The following day at our mat time Alice (teacher) began reading the book "Puff The Magic Dragon" and half way through the book Alice decided that we will sing the rest of the story.

When we got to the end of the book, some children called out “Do it again Alice”.


We all sang "Puff The Magic Dragon" again. At the end of the story some children shared that the story made them sad because Puff’s special friend was going away.


"Puff The Magic Dragon" might’ve been written some years ago. The message in the story is still relevant teaching and learning for our children today.


"Puff The magic dragon" teaches about friendship, gentleness, restfulness, peace, courage, strength, acceptance, enjoyment.


"Puff The magic dragon" will become another tool in which we will regularly apply in support of our positive guidance and social competence behaviour.



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You can see the video from https://youtu.be/U0PI2djoA10

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