Puppet Workshop...learn about puppets!


About the workshop

Puppet Day can be linked into various different topics and is useful for for cross-curricular learning.

Although mainly booked for Year 1 and 2 children it is perfectly suitable for Year 3 and 4. We do sometimes work with Year 5 and 6 but use an entirely different format. Please contact us if you are looking for something sutable for the upper age group.

This is what we normally do for KS1:

  • The children watch an entertaining and lively puppet show.
  • We take a look at the puppet theatre and how it works.
  • The children learn how to bring a puppet to life.
  • Everyone gets to make a puppet of their own which they can take home at the end of the day.

The following are options which can be included if required.

  • Planning a show.
  • Story boarding.
  • Practical performance.

We also do a marionette day but making the puppet takes up much more time. Please ask if this is of interest.

The Puppet Workshop Day can be linked to various topics such as Toys, Monsters, Traditional Tales, Castles and more.

We can also switch the puppet making activity for making mini puppet theatres to link in with traditional tales. Please ask if interested.

Workshop photos

Girl working glove puppets

Learning to bring a puppet to life. Manipulation, characterization and voices are explained and demonstrated before the children have a go.

Ron making a giant puppet

Ron making a foam body pack for a giant puppet suitable for use in a street show.

Puppet Making

Puppet making is great to allow the children to express their creativity. We normally do puppet making in the afternoon on Puppet Day.

Moving Mouth Puppets

Children showing off their moving mouth puppets. This is an option if we have plenty of extra parent helpers otherwise we make a simpler puppet.

Puppet Show

Children watching a puppet show. Our shows are very entertaining and interactive. The puppets are big and colourful. Teachers often comment on how nice they are.

Marionette Puppet

Ron demonstrating a marionette puppet. Making marionettes is fairly time consuming but we do offer a marionette day if requested.

Ron carving a puppet

Ron carving the head of a marionette puppet. We don't do carving in school but Ron brings his tools to show the children on a marionette day.

Children working in the school hall

Children working in groups in the school hall. Each group has an adult in charge. These children are making moving mouth puppets.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the show last?
Approximately sixty minutes.
What age group can take part?
Puppet Day can be adapted to age groups from Reception to Year 6.
What type of puppets do you use?
Glove and hand puppets. We do also have some marionettes for use on a marionette day.
Will the school hall be required?
The school hall is better for larger groups but we can also work in a large classroom depending on numbers. The afternoon session can be in classrooms.
How many classes can take part?
Up to four classes is possible in a one day visit.
Do we need extra staff?
It is always useful to have extra help in the afternoon. Some schools are very well supported and we get lots of parents coming in to help with puppet making.

Comments (13)

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Joy Leader says...
Ron came in to our school to help with our year 3 and 4 project about marionettes. He enthused the children and helped each child to make a fantastic puppet. Instant adaptations were made to his original design to enable everyone to make a puppet successfully. The children really enjoyed the day, as did many of the parents who came along to help!
17th January 2013 12:21pm
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Mrs C Darlington says...
A Super Start to our creative topic!
Ron was very accommodating and conscientious.
He thoroughly entertained Years 1 and 2 AND EVEN Year 4 who unexpectedly joined us.
The children loved the pirate puppet show looking for treasure especially the part with the shark!
Teachers, children and parents alike let their imaginations run wild in the afternoon, and had great fun making their own puppets with moveable mouths.

Thank you so much for a fantastic day.

17th January 2013 9:09am
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Jamie Kelly says...
Huge thanks to Ron, who entertained and occupied 90 Year 1 children for the day! All the children had a wonderful time watching the puppet show, seeing how puppets work and finally making their own amazing puppets in the afternoon! This wouldn't have been possible without Ron's expertise, patience and individual approach. Can't wait to work with Ron again in the future!
1st December 2012 4:14pm
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