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By Elizabeth Simmons, Troop 122, Garland, Texas


Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred

Otter:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred

Dolphin:  Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

Butterfly:  Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred

Eagle:  Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred

Owl: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred


_____ 1.* What is puppetry? Learn about different types of puppets from the list below or others. You should be familiar with the type of puppet, not necessarily actually used or constructed it. Penguins - 3 types; Otters - 5 types; Dolphins 7 types; Butterflies - 10 types; Eagles - 15 types; Owls - 20 types






Caricature (portrait) puppets

Costume (body) puppets

Finger puppets

Found puppets

Glove puppets

Hand puppets




Mouth puppets


Parade (Carnival) puppets

Rod puppets

Shadow puppets

Shoulder puppets

Sock puppets

Water puppetry

Wayang Golek

Wayang Kulit




_____ 2.* Make different types of puppets and spend some time using them. Penguins & Otters make at least 2 types. Dolphins make at least 3 types. Butterflies, Eagles and Owls make at least 4 types.

Give each puppet you made a name, voice, and personality.

_____ 3. Learn about the history of puppets. What are some of the early puppet forms that we know about?

_____ 4. Watch a puppet show, preferably live or a video recording of a puppet show.

_____ 5. Watch a television show that uses puppets (Sesame Street, Blues Clues - the Blues Room episodes). Try to see how the puppets work. Notice how they interact with each other and other actors in the show.

_____ 6. Spend some time with a professional puppeteer. Make note of his/her techniques and the details of the puppets he/she uses.

_____ 7. Put on a puppet show for family or friends. Be sure to spend some time creating your story and the personality of each puppet.

_____ 8. Explore the use of sound effects for a puppet show. Make the sounds with your voice, explore props, or make a recording to use.

_____ 9. Learn about some different ways of hiding or showing the puppeteers during a performance. You should understand the terms light curtain, blacklight puppetry, and white light theatre. Why might each option be chosen?

_____ 10. Use puppets to teach younger children a skill or lesson.

_____ 11. Do a service project involving puppets. Some examples would include doing a puppet show for a library story time or being part of the church puppet team for VBS or Sunday School.

_____ 12. Research a career as a puppeteer. What training would you need? Does college or apprenticeship make sense? What skills besides puppet operation would help you?

_____ 13. How can you use puppets in careers/adulthood besides being a professional puppeteer? Share your list with an adult. Can they suggest a few more ways?

_____ 14. Research a famous puppeteer. Share what you have learned about his/her life with someone else.

_____ 15. Learn how puppets are used in another culture.

_____ 16. Make a timeline of puppet history. (Penguins and Otters 10 items, Dolphin and Butterflies 15, Eagles and Owls 20)