One Planet, Many Puppets

by Vicky on June 28, 2011

I’m teaching a seven-week puppetry workshop for kids as part of our Summer Reading Program.  For the first four weeks we will look at different puppetry traditions around the world, and for the last three weeks we will write, storyboard, design, and rehearse an original puppet play to be performed on the final day.

The first week we will make shadow puppets.  The second week we’ll make sock puppets.  Tabletop rod puppets will be featured the third week, and we’ll look at examples of giant puppets and make masks the fourth week.  On the fifth week, we’ll come up with an outline of our play and begin making additional puppets, props, and scenery as needed.  We’ll put it together and begin rehearsing on the sixth week, and perform the grand finale puppet play the final week.

Each child will get a composition book at the beginning for taking notes, jotting down ideas, sketching puppet designs, and storyboarding performance ideas.

What fun!

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