This is a list of ideas when using puppets with very young learners in an EFL/ESL English class.
We’ve entered for the 48hr Puppet Film Project 2021, a competition run by the LA Guild of Puppetry. Hope you like our film – wish us luck!
Some old puppet-show clips from the early 2000s, when we were touring schools, libraries and civic centres doing various shows in Spanish.
Being able to make and use shadow puppets really adds something to your teaching toolbox. We go from making a simple shadow-puppet theatre to putting on a full performance!
Here are some ideas on how you can use puppets and simple props to teach holiday vocabulary. Puppets love a holiday as much as we do!
Here’s our ‘Monkey Puzzle’ lesson plan, based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s Books 2000.
Primary students find Japan a fascinating country. As it has such a rich history, especially art, there are so many different projects that you can do with primary school students.
There are so many ways of using puppets to teach about Africa and inspire interest in younger learners. And lots of other ways too, such as making masks & drums.
There are thousands of really cool and engaging animal-themed lesson ideas that you can use your puppets for. Kids of all ages go crazy for animals!
This post is an ongoing project under construction. We’re going to be adding ideas for an A to Z of themed, puppet-based lessons as we go.
Using puppets for online English-teaching is not only very appealing visually, it’s a great way to engage and maintain students’ interest.
Younger learners can practise and learn lots of language items though dance, from parts of the body to simple verbs and prepositions of movement.
Using toys as a speaking stimulus works really well with early-years students. They love being involved with class preparation, especially if that involves their favourite toys!
Making origami finger puppets helps students follow simple instructions, learn by doing, learn about fractions and keep focused in class.It’s a good TPR lesson, it can be used for maths too, and it focuses the mind.
Google’s given us lots of this great way of bringing animals to life with their 3D animals. You can film & save the video, so it lends itself to many animal-based projects!