Mama Bird and 3 Babies in a Nest Story Kit

Mama Bird and 3 Babies in a Nest Story Kit

Mama Bird and 3 Babies in a Nest Story Kit We are happy to offer you all a spring story kit, Mama Bird and three little Baby Birds  snuggled in a nest. These wool felt finger puppets can tell many stories of mama bird building a nest, of feeding her babies, nuzzling them, covering them with her wings when they sleep.  The nest is a needle felted story prop. The kit includes: wool roving and felting needle wool felt in 2 colors story poem and crafting instructions patterns You will need needle and thread and a sponge for needle felting ideas for using a silk landscape theater Movement wise, the mama bird is on one hand so flight is independent of the babies sweet movements in the ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on February 26th, 2013

The Incredible Story Egg Workshop

The Incredible Story Egg Workshop

The Incredible Story Egg A Workshop for Early Childhood Teachers and Parents Sat. March 23,  2013                 10:00-3:30  Boulder, CO  Join us for a day of exploring the creativity and story imaginations within the felted egg!  We will wet felt beautiful egg forms, and turn them into story vessels that sail the sea, plant a garden, rock a baby, and other delightful story helpers!   The children will be delighted with your enchanting egg creations, and also the story that lives inside them! Come for a day of renewal and skill building in the realm of story magic! Suzanne Down is longtime Founder/Director of Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts,  the early childhood specialists. Workshop fee is $70 plus $15 ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on February 1st, 2013

New Year Story – The Blessing Cake

New Year Story – The Blessing Cake

Enjoy this story, it is from our story newsletter January 2012 - to receive our monthly stories and our free newsletter please sign up on our home page  http://junipertreepuppets.com and have a look at our events - Suzanne might be offering a workshop in your area!    The Blessing Cake - A New Year's Story It was New Year's Eve morning and Mama was already baking the Blessing Cake, as she did every year.  Jack could hardly wait for their New Year's celebration because this year was the first year he would be able to read the message he found in the Blessing Cake all by himself.  Mama had told him, 'Little Boy New Year always leaves new messages that are just right for each person.' First Jack had some special ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on December 30th, 2012

The Animals Boxing Day Story

The Animals Boxing Day Story

Here is a little tale in honor of Boxing Day - a day to think of those in need, and be generous.  This is a subject dear to my heart and this story can help generate that sense of the other in young children.  Enjoy This tale is an excerpt from an upcoming book on Early Childhood Puppetry - a curriculum guidebook  Sign up for our free story email newsletter!  http://junipertreepuppets.com                                                                  The Animals Boxing Day by Suzanne Down It had been a very dry year in the farm village of Deerwood.  When autumn ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on December 26th, 2012

Walkabout Tales – an immersion -April 2013

Walkabout Tales – an immersion -April 2013

Walkabout Tales writing children's story with the help of our nature muse... Fair Oaks, CA   April 2-5 2013 I try to go on 'walkabout' every day, out in nature, taking in the details with my senses, and then I sit and write a children's story. Who knows what invites the muse, but mine seems to enjoy this pathway in. I am bringing 'walk and write' exercises to all my classes and workshops now....it has been amazing to see the stories flow out of people.... Usually we start with a little exercise such as; As you are walking, pay attention to what you hear. After you sit to write, list 3 things that you heard that you were drawn to the most. Now write a story with those 3 things woven into the tale. And like magic, with no ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 21st, 2012

A Tiny Halloween Story

A Tiny Halloween Story

A Tiny Halloween Tale Story Theme - Redeeming Halloween I often look at children's book stores to see what is new.  They put out special seasonal tables promoting storybooks for an upcoming holiday.  I am too often disappointed by the selection.  But when I find a story that warms my heart, I celebrate. In case you haven't found one you like, I offer my new story for your halloween telling.  It is simple and sweet, about an approachable and kind little witch.  It is a tiny story, like the witch herself.  Her name is Willow, someone a child would like to visit and become friends with.  I imagine her pleasant to look at, with warm eyes and heart. Written as always for puppetry, I include a photo of my table top version of her.  This could be told by a tree with open gnarly roots where she could live.... and of course it can be told in any pumpkin patch (needlefelted ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on October 10th, 2012

Santa Fe, New Mexico  Regional Grandmother Rod Puppet Workshop

Santa Fe, New Mexico Regional Grandmother Rod Puppet Workshop

The Grandmother Rod Puppet Workshop for teachers, therapists, parents, homeschoolers, grandparents! Santa Fe, N.M.  Regional Workshop Jan.                  Sat 9-5, Sun. 9-12 Santa Fe Waldorf School                                                  26 Puesta del Sol, Santa Fe Grandmothers, in all their loving wisdom, give children a deep sense of wonder and reliability. This workshop will look at weaving archetype of story and puppetry together through developing an amazing Grandmother Rod Puppet. This puppet comes to life more than any other with its possibilities for subtle gesture and intimacy . I call it the ‘heart’ puppet because of this. Hearts connect between viewer and puppet. In ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on September 24th, 2012

Santa Cruz April 6,7 – The Art of the Story Apron

Santa Cruz April 6,7 – The Art of the Story Apron

The Art of the Story Apron  A Regional Workshop for Teachers and Parents Santa Cruz, CA                                April 6,7 The art of the story apron is all about the magic of finding a treasure that is hidden.  It draws the soul in with wonder and surprise. Join us for this 2 day workshop on creating a pocket apron lap theater.  We will hand felt a story landscape (wet and needle technique) with a felted pocket out of which a puppet story helper will tumble out to tell it’s tale.  We will complete the apron with a seasonal silk skirt, and ribbon ties.  Then we will explore the delightful ways of bringing the apron stories to life!  We will work ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on September 24th, 2012

Certificate Puppetry Training – New Series July 2013, Keene, NH

Certificate Puppetry Training – New Series July 2013, Keene, NH

Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts A New Series of our 3 part Certificate Puppetry Training begins July 2013 in Keene, NH This is our 16th Training Group! July 2013 - ECE Pedagogical Puppetry - 12 days Spring 2014 - Therapeutic Puppetry - 5 days July 2014 - Artistic/Marionette Theater and Fairy Tales ***** contact Suzanne Down for information package - suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com http://junipertreepuppets.com numbers will be limited - apply early to avoid disappointment. This will be our last training offered in New England!

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on September 23rd, 2012

The Adventures of Old Gnome and Frog From the Log

The Adventures of Old Gnome and Frog From the Log

this story is part of an upcoming book - Old Gnome Through The Year- 12 stories, one for each month, of the adventures of Old Gnome  and his friends.  Puppet and prop instructions will be included) news of the book launch will be announced in our story newsletter sign up for the story newsletter here - CLICK Here To view our other puppet story resource books CLICK Here The Adventures of Old Gnome and Frog From the Log A bird flicks and splashes in a cool pool of water in the forest. Old Gnome trudged along a path in a mossy ...

continue readeingPosted by Suzanne, on August 31st, 2012

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