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We wrote a radio play with the aim of exploring the concept ofAffect to convey for children. The radio play "Spatzevogel" was developed for children from approx. 5 years but also for adults. With the story, we want to convey to children that geography is more than just memorizing the map of the world.

The entire radio play can be found here and a High German translation of the first few minutes to describe the framework of the story below:

Once upon a time there was a sparrow bird who wanted to see the world. He flew far away over mountains, oceans and deserts until he came to a country that immediately piqued his interest. He has never seen anything like this, not on his entire trip. From above in the air he didn't notice anything at first, but when he wanted to rest a little on the branch of a tree, he watched the creatures that lived there. They were weird.

In this land the creatures lived in four groups.

There were the clever guys who lived in the mountains. They read a lot of books that were the size of a bird's nest, they invented things, explored the mountains, always played quizzes with each other and always asked so many questions because they wanted to know everything.

There was also a large forest where the naturlis lived. The sparrow found these naturlis very likeable, because they had a large garden with vegetables and fruit trees with fruits that he could steal. The naturlis were always outside and played with animals, collected flowers, built huts in the forest and looked for plants, stones and wood to make all sorts of things.

The Sportlis lived in the meadows next to the river, where the sparrow wanted to take a sip of water. These athletes were always on the move, they ran against each other, they played games with a ball in the meadow, they swam in the river and wanted to hop, do gymnastics and fidget all day long - the main thing was to keep moving.

Once the sparrow almost flew into a paper plane that came out of one of the colorful houses in the village where the Farblis lived. And what did the Farblis do? They loved to do handicrafts, to draw, to paint and everyone ran around with paper, pens, brushes, all sorts of colors and handicrafts - always ready to do something with their big hands.


Social relevance of the radio play

Like thatColorisSlySportlis andNaturlis With their respective properties and objects, we too come from different regions with different identities, cultures and interests. Globalization, changing mobility and new communication methods create various contacts and encounters between different people.

Spatial concepts and affects in radio plays

The sparrow, as the protagonist, orientates the audience in the different rooms of the story. The sparrow interacts, for example, with its environment, with its respective regions and with the typical objects that it perceives with its sparrow brain.

In some places we have integrated background noise and music for better spatial and temporal orientation. For example, wind noises indicate that the sparrow is in the air; Crickets chirp underlines a nighttime mood.

Since affects are influenced by physical experiences, associations and socially constructed values, unknown objects trigger the most varied of affects in different creatures.

Children answer the questions in the radio play

In the radio play we ask the listener questions several times in order to initiate a reflection on the story and the transfer from this fantasy world into the real world. In the following we show the answers to the questions from the radio play from five different children we asked:

 Max (9Y)Moritz (5Y)Dominik (12Y)Sandra (7Y)Lorenz (8Y)
Which group do you belong to and why?Sportlis, because they too do sports.Naturlis, because I always want to be outside.Sportlis, I like to do sports and play soccer.Farblis, because I paint beautifully.Sportlis, because I like to play football. But I also like to do handicrafts and read. But only read a little.

What did the creatures think of the unknown objects? Why did some have fun with the new items and why not others?

In the beginning they weren't happy, but a few had invented new things afterwards.I want to play now.Some enjoyed it, others didn't. Because someone found it exciting to discover new things and someone else had already experienced something bad.

Some enjoyed it, others didn't.

Someone thought the flowers smelled nice, but someone else thought the flowers were poisonous.

They were sad, but not all. They also invented new games.

Why do we think and feel differently?How would you describe affect?

I find these questions difficult and I cannot answer them like that.(No Answer)Because we have had different experiences. Some people are nicer than others. Difficult question. The reason why we find something good or bad? If we have met a bad Sportli, we think the other Sportlis are bad too.Because everyone likes another thing and is good at other things.Some people are not afraid because they have a knife.


The aim of the radio play was for children to understand what the concept wasaffect means. Based on the children's answers, we realize that the question is about the conceptaffect difficult to answer, especially for younger children. Dominik seems the conceptaffect However, at the age of 12 I could have recorded it well. Lorenz's answer is particularly exciting. He is a child from Ukraine with a refugee background. He mentions that people with a knife are not afraid. His answer may refer to experiences of violence that he has had. Physical experiences and the context in which people grow up influence how certain objects, places and situations affect different people in different ways.