Digital Workshops for Educators | Ages 4-10 | online
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Create-A-Puppet Workshop™

Enjoy interactive, curriculum-inspired puppet building workshops for children ages 4 & up. Participants become puppet makers and puppeteers as they each create a puppet and perform with it on our classroom stage or in your home "studio".  Ages 2 and 3 are welcome if accompanied by an adult puppet builder. Learning activities in the instructor-led sessions and the puppet design correlate with the current Family Series performance theme. 

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ To-Go Kits

We will assemble individual bags of puppet-making materials for each person in your group. You supply glue and/or tape. Makes a great follow-up art activity to further engage students and reinforce what they've learned at the Center. Comes with an illustrated step-by-step instruction sheet and/or video instructions.

Cost: Workshop is included in an All-Inclusive Ticket; $4.50 for Members and $6.50 for General Public when purchased a la carte. Click here for information about group/field trip pricing.

All workshops are subject to availability.

Create-A-Puppet Workshops™  on Etsy

Single-Use | Families | Groups

After downloading your PDF packet from our Etsy shop, gather low-cost/no-cost easy to find materials from your classroom or home art studio to build your puppet.  and join a live workshop featuring a wide variety of characters across a wide variety of puppetry styles. Many go with the shows we have on-demand on Vimeo.

Three enhanced designs have a video tutorial and learning activity! 16 different designs-- hand, shadow, rod and string, tabletop and rod puppet style options—something for everyone!

-Beauty and the Beast/Burly Beast Rod Puppet

-The Body Detective/Loveable Lips Hand Puppet

-Cinderella Della Circus/Stretcho Rod Puppet

-Dinosaurs/Brachiosaurus Shadow Puppet

-The Little Pirate Mermaid/Stingray Marionette

-The Plant Doctors/Dr. Spud Hand Puppet

-The Reluctant Dragon/Reluctant Dragon Rod & String Puppet

-The Shoemaker and the Elves/Energetic Elf Hand Puppet

-The Velveteen Rabbit/Velveteen Rabbit Tabletop Puppet

-Weather Rocks/Shining Sun Hand Puppet

$3.50 - Single Use | $14.00 - Family Pack | Group/Classroom - $50.00

-Enhanced Single Use with video - $4.50

Create-A-Puppet Workshops™  On-Demand

Live, Interactive Session Via Zoom

Purchase group/classroom pack on Etsy ($50) and add on a 30-minute live, interactive session via Zoom for only $25! Recommended for Ages 4+. Groups only. Email education@puppet.org to schedule a live, interactive, instructor-led session.

For more information or to contact us, please email us at education@puppet.org 

Create-A-Puppet Workshops™ | Now-Jan 3, 2021
CPA A Baumgartner
Education Director
Aretta Baumgartner
Aretta is a performer/teaching artist specializing in puppetry, mask, and movement. She’s been a professional puppeteer since 1992. Aretta oversees more than 50 distinct types of educational programming and outreach. She is an active performer, teacher and creator of new works for puppetry. As a testament to her leadership in the puppetry community, Aretta was recently elected President of the Puppeteers of America.

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