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By the Revd Edgar Ogston

Suitable for Whole School



To celebrate Red Nose Day and how to include people who might feel left out.

Preparation and materials


  • Gather a collection of puppets, including a reindeer plus various animal friends. You can easily adapt an animal puppet to make a reindeer by affixing some cardboard antlers. You can adapt the other story characters to fit the puppets you have available; decorated socks can make great puppets.
  • Set of red noses.


  1. Tell the following story starting with the reindeer.

    This is Rudolf.

    What time of year do we normally see Rudolf?

    At Christmas time.

    Why do you think that Rudolf normally has a red nose?

    Because it’s cold.

    Now Rudolf is a big star at Christmas time and feels very important.

    But have you ever given a moment to think what happens to Rudolf the rest of the year?

    In fact, the rest of the year Rudolf feels very left out. He goes from being a big star to being completely ignored.

    What does it feel like to be ignored?

    It doesn’t feel very nice does it? It is horrible to feel left out in the cold. Well, that is how Rudolf was feeling.

    Until today, that is. Rudolf’s friends decided to cheer him up.

    First there is Kangaroo. He comes from a hot country so he doesn’t get a red nose from the cold. He puts one on to make Rudolf feel better.

    And then there is Parrot. Parrots too live in hot countries. He has also put a red nose on.

    Not to be outdone we have Camel. It is bit harder for him to balance a red nose on his nose but he has just about managed it.

    Finally, coming a bit closer to home, we have Puffin. But Puffin does not need to put a red nose on. He already has one. Rudolf had forgotten that he has at least one friend who has a red nose all year round.

    Now Rudolf is a much happier reindeer. He is no longer feeling lonely and ignored. All his friends are wearing red noses.

    If you have a friend who is feeling left out it is good to make them feel included.

    And more than that, Rudolf and his friends are doing something very important. They are all helping with Red Nose Day, which supports people who need our help in this country and all over the world.

  2. Discuss Red Nose Day and Comic Relief with reference to any school-based or local community events.

Time for reflection


Do you know someone who is feeling left out?

What can you do to help them?

What can you do together for Red Nose Day?


Dear God,

Thank you that you have given us friends whom we can have fun with and who are always there for us.

Help us together to make life easier for children all over the world.




‘When I needed a neighbour’ (Come and Praise, 65)




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