Almost every summer we take the week before the 4th of July and do a puppet show at all of our branches. I love puppet shows, but sometimes they can be sort of stressful–managing multiple puppets and props, making the puppets I have fit the story, and sometimes even adapting the story to a puppet show script myself. This year I was a lucky duck because we happened upon the script for “Little Blue Riding Hood” by Nancy Whetstone. Y’all, it is SO GOOD. Really funny stuff and so simple to stage. We adapted it a bit so that we could use two guy puppets (we made them brothers named Ben and Jerry). The kids enjoyed the show so much. I highly recommend trying it out!
We also did the classic paper bag puppet craft. When space permitted, we left the stage up so that the kids could try out their new puppets onstage. It was a hit! It always amazes me how creative kids can be with just simple materials and activities. The kids had a great time creating their puppets, and I loved hearing the stories they told.