Storytelling – Project Newland – Outdoor Playground Development

Botania Tree

George & The 7 Magical Dragon Tears

Once upon a time there was a dragon who lived on top of a hill. From high up above he saw the landscape all around him.

The land was old, dark and eerily quiet, because no one dared to go near the dragon. That’s what happens with fire-breathing dragons with enormous teeth. But this made the dragon sad, because he wasn’t actually bad at all. He was just lonely and looking for playmates. But dragons can’t talk like we do, so he roared and spouted fire until everything around him turned black.

But this scared people even more. So the sent me, Knight George, to slay the dragon. I was  young, strong and fearless back then and so I climbed up the hill on my horse and with my razor-sharp sword I cut off the dragon’s head.

The dragon’s head rolled over the old land and came to rest. His eyes were still open and for a moment a ray of light glowed within them and then 7 big tears flowed onto the ground. Everyone knows dragon tears are magical, right?

And every tear of the dragon had a special quality. Because of this, the grey old land suddenly began to change into something wonderful. The dark light was washed away by bright rays of the sunshine, the black earth grew green and the whole surrounding area began to turn into one big green paradise, with a large mysterious play tree on top of the hill that bloomed brightly.

I called this tree “Botania”, because the whole area there had become so incredibly green and natural. Suddenly I heard laughter and cheering all around me. People came out again, children started playing and the elderly wandered about again. I looked around happily and saw that this old land had become very beautiful.

Then I faced the crowd and shouted “Welcome dear people. Welcome to this New Land, to Newland!”

The project is still in developmental phase, a cooperation between Kinderland Speeltoestellen and Stoerrr Kids Concepts, so we keep you posted what happens with “The 7 Magical Dragon Tears”…

for now many thanks to our storyteller Manuel…