So how can you incorporate puppets and draw in that same delight and involvement in your kidmin programs and presentation? It's actually not as difficult as you may think.
Do you have some teenagers that are looking for a ministry area they can grow and develop? Are there some volunteers with work commitments that prevent a regular involvement in your ministry program? Why not suggest they form the nucleus of your puppetry team?
Start with some fun training sessions and then send them home to practice with a puppet and script. If they've taken the time to practice at home, they should only need a few rehearsals and you're ready to present your first puppet segment.
So.. who's going to teach them the basics? Good question.
Download the puppet training introductory handout below and use to present your training segment to your eager volunteers. (Print off the hand-out onto A3 paper and fold in half.) Alternatively, you could email 'bite-sized' training to your volunteers with video clips and great content to encourage and develop your team. These free training clips are readily available. Read more ....
You can use a laughable, character puppet to regularly introduce a segment of your program, a short puppet segment to highlight a special theme or a larger production for a special event. You'll find people puppets, animal puppets and even black-light puppets for special effects.
There are books of puppet skits with prerecorded diaolgue included like Instant Puppet Skits, or Just Add Puppets- great skits with humour that do more than just entertain- they teach. The books come with suggestions for introducing and concluding each puppet segment.
Axtell puppets, those wonderful latex puppet characters, are available with recorded dialogue and presentations with suggestions for use.