This learning sequence explores celebrations, holidays and festivals that are known and/or celebrated in the classroom, focussing specifically on the Chinese Lantern Festival. It is also aligned to the Australian Children’s Television Foundation ‘Hoopla Doopla’ episode ‘Trading Places’ and explores different ways of moving, focussing on circus dance and gymnastics, culminating with a final movement performance piece.
Episode Synopsis: Episode 24 - Trading Places
It is the Lantern Festival & Bop needs help to make the lanterns. If Zap helps Bop make lanterns then who will do his deliveries? If Mimi does deliveries who will make the dumplings? Soon everyone in town has traded places.
Hoopla Doopla Background
In the town of Hoopla live six extraordinary characters each with their own amazing physical skill: Mimi runs the café and looks after everyone in town while juggling muffins and milkshakes; Ziggy, the shop keeper, does magic tricks which go in surprising directions; Zap, the town messenger, delivers packages in the most acrobatic manner possible; Bop, Mr Fix-It is able to lift almost anything; flexible Squidgie looks after the town garden and can often be found inside a pot-plant, finally Jango, the street sweeper, is always playing tricks and causing mischief.
Hoopla Doopla! is a unique and ground breaking show for 3-7 year olds, using physical action and comedy to drive the story. They tumble, juggle, leap and somersault in and out of trouble. However, whenever anything goes wrong - and it usually does - they always have each other to fall back on.
Hoopla Doopla! is a co-production between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and China Central Television. There are 52 x 12-minute episodes with both English and Chinese language versions. It was filmed in in Beijing with a mix of Chinese and Australian crew and performers.
Hoopla Doopla! - Series 1, Episode 24 - Trading Places [MANDARIN]
The Hoopla Doopla: English & Chinese Language Resource contains the English and Mandarin language versions of 13 selected episodes from the Hoopla Doopla! TV series. They are available for purchase and download from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation at: Hoopla Doopla: English & Mandarin Language Episodes for Download