This handout from my Storytelling with Puppets workshop gains immensely by my demonstrations. In the meantime I hope it helps get you started!


*Answer and ask questions and riddles

*Be in a story or play as lead character or 1 of many

*Comment on story or poem

*Dress and use props to match theme or holiday

*Express feelings and emotions


*Get-acquainted with children, especially if shy


*Improvise an audience-created story // Introduce people or other puppets


*Kids can make puppets and join you

*Lead group participation

*Mime a story

*Narrate a story

*Offer prizes and rewards

*Play an instrument // Play games // Present "Commercials"

*Quietly sit and listen to program

*Read aloud, including Recite poetry

*Sing // Swallow things // Sign autographs (including pawprints)

*Teach anything (e.g. concepts, library instruction, rules) // Turn the pages in a book // Talk about books

*Use sign language if your puppet is full-fingered

*Vary the mood and pace of a program

*Whisper comments and messages to puppeteer // Welcome audience and end program

*X marks the spot(s) where you do walk-arounds, parades, and promote programs

*Yell and act crazy since the puppeteer is usually quieter

*Zip around and add visual interest

Lois Sprengnether Keel and puppet

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Specialized Resources.

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