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An Introduction to Outdoor Puppetry as Support of Children's Movement

An Introduction to Outdoor Puppetry as Support of Children's Movement

  I grew up in the countryside where my brothers and I spent hours everyday in active outdoor activity, running through the woods, making forts und...
A Resource Round-up of Puppet Silks/Gauze!  A Good Resource to Keep and Add To!

A Resource Round-up of Puppet Silks/Gauze! A Good Resource to Keep and Add To!

Silk and Cotton Gauze Silks and cotton gauzes for instant stages are a puppet's best friend.  I buy natural silk and dye them at an annual Se...
Our Early Childhood Puppet Story Apron Theater - Felt and Silk - a Pocket Full of Wonder!

Our Early Childhood Puppet Story Apron Theater - Felt and Silk - a Pocket Full of Wonder!

After trying out different kinds of pocket story aprons for puppet telling, I decided the best one for early childhood use was one that would prov...
Spring Song - A Tale of Listening and Wonder

Spring Song - A Tale of Listening and Wonder

A long time ago, way up in the mountains of a small kingdom, there was a shepherd boy.  It was spring and the shepherd tended his sheep day after ...
The Art of Listening at Story-time

The Art of Listening at Story-time

In my teaching travels and online courses, I hear teachers say ‘the children just can’t sit and listen at story-time’.  This has become a familiar ...
A Roundup of our Summer 2022 Professional Development Courses Online

A Roundup of our Summer 2022 Professional Development Courses Online

We are excited to be offering a selection of summer courses you will love! In all of them you can work on them at your own best schedule... lots of...
Puppet Story Aprons With a Theme To It!    Part 2 on story aprons

Puppet Story Aprons With a Theme To It! Part 2 on story aprons

Today I am going to share about puppet story aprons that have a theme.  Unlike the traditional story aprons that have many pockets filled with thin...
The Puppet Story Apron  Part 1 - Ye Olde Story Apron!

The Puppet Story Apron Part 1 - Ye Olde Story Apron!

  Beginnings Some things are permanent and delightful in our world.  Two of these things are children’s love of story and hide and seek.  Put the...
SPRING! Why Children Love Mama Bird Tales So Much!!!

SPRING! Why Children Love Mama Bird Tales So Much!!!

It is April now, and for many spring is well estabished... In high altitude Colorado towns like mine, lots of snow is expected in April.... in bet...
Early Childhood Puppetry Made Easy!

Early Childhood Puppetry Made Easy!

I have been hearing more and more from teachers and parents who have been experiencing overwhelm these last couple of years.  Covid has had a lot t...
First Tales -A new evolution toward  more healing Nursery Rhyme understanding

First Tales -A new evolution toward more healing Nursery Rhyme understanding

There is a sweet and gentle evolution toward the relationship between language arising in children and story.  It starts with Mama humming, surroun...
The Tale of Lucky Patrick - a Leprechaun and Farmer Story

The Tale of Lucky Patrick - a Leprechaun and Farmer Story

Children love a lively leprechaun story in spring, especially St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s one that weaves through with a greatly adapted spark of ‘H...