Workshops - Problem Solving Devices
How Did Cinderella Get to the Ball?
(I use this to teach about Problem Solving Devices.)
The categories I use are:
a) Single-handed (With help from no other characters and with no magic.) using one's inner resources like perseverance, faith, or even luck, character has or learns special skill, music, clever storytelling, , etc. Skills allow her to create or earn the things she needs.
b) Helped by an Individual (Still no magic) Someone with a special ability, wisdom or information. Someone whose encouragement brings out her own ability.
c) Helped by a Group (Still
no magic) group of heroes, friends, or kind creatures.
d) Helped by the use of Magic
Wizard, Magician, Witch, Fairy or group of Magical Beings
e) Helped by a Spirit Ghost,
Deity, Nature Spirit.
f) Made to perform some kind of
Task - She meets someone who will only help her after she has
performed a special task. stealing from some powerful being, contest
for a prize, quest,
h.) Unexpected Treasure - MC receives something that seems of litle or no value. This thing turns out to be somehow precious.
She hadn’t walked very far when she saw an old woman still by the roadside looking very tired and hungry.
“Hello grandmother.” Cinderella said politely.
“Hello child.” The old woman answered. “Can you spare a crumb for an old woman?”
Cinderella felt sorry for the old woman and not only shared with her, but gave her all of her lunch. At once, the old woman stood up and began to spin around in the most peculiar fashion. When she finally stopped spinning, a shocking sight caught Cinderella’s eyes. Before her was not an old woman at all. Instead, there stood a beautiful fairy princess.
“I am the prince’s guardian angel.” She said. “I have been searching all around this land for a young woman worthy of becoming the princess and eventually, the new queen. At last I have found someone like you, so full of kindness and humility. I will help you get to the Ball.”
With that, the fairy raised her wand and instantly, Cinderella was dressed in a beautiful gown. On her feet was a pair of glass slippers. With another wave of her wand, the fairy took Cinderella up into the sky as if they were floating on the wind. She carried Cinderella all the way to the palace steps. And when Cinderella walked through the door, all eyes were on her because she was the most beautiful girl at the Ball.
Note: Remember, in this game, we’re not trying to tell the whole story of Cinderella, just start from her being home all alone and get her a nice dress and get her to the ball. Once she is at the ball, you can stop and give someone else a chance to tell.