How to put on a picture book puppet show

Middleton Park Primary School in Aberdeen developed a puppet show of Julia Donaldson's Stick Man to perform via Glow to Burravoe Primary School on Shetland. This is how they approached the project:  

Choose your picture book and plan your script
Go on a research trip

1. Choose your picture book and plan your script

Middleton Park chose Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

2. Go on a research trip to build your ideas

Middleton Park visited a local forest to find 'stick men'!

Research puppets in preparation for making your own
Learn some puppeteering skills

3. Research puppets in preparation for making your own

You don't have to make anything quite this elaborate. There are many ways to do it!

4. Learn some puppeteering skills

Middleton Park asked puppeteer Sylvia Troon to show them different ways of bringing puppets to life.

Rehearse your puppet show
Perform your puppet show

5. Rehearse your puppet show

6. Perform your puppet show!

Middleton Park performed their show via webcam to Burravoe Primary on Shetland. Afterwards they were able to ask each other questions about their productions. You might like to perform to another class in your school instead.

 

Find out more about Middleton Park and Burravoe's picture book puppet project.