Larrikin Puppets school incursions program includes performances and workshops that are in line with the Design and Technologies curriculum, as well as Book Week celebrations.
Many schools (both public and private) around South East Queensland and Central Queensland have booked Larrikin Puppets to either perform our puppet show – which includes a segment on how the puppets work, or run our puppetry performance workshop – which is a hands on workshop teaching students the mechanisms of Muppet-style puppetry (Design and Technologies curriculum) as well as the wonders of puppetry as a story telling medium (Book Week).
One of our puppet show options for Book Week is Story Time With Larrikin Puppets. Often performed in council libraries, our 30 minute story time puppet show features songs, skits and games plus a special storybook reading and interactive storybook sing-a-long. Story time facilitates adult-child interaction, pre-literacy support and communication development. During this show, our lovely storyteller Elissa is joined by puppet characters for the reading of a book by one of three Australian children’s authors that we’re working with – Hazel Edwards, Glenn Martin and Caroline Stills. We have books that are suitable for Prep to Grade 2 and others for the older students too.
In addition to our exciting puppet shows and intriguing puppetry performance workshops, we have also launched a new sock puppet making craft and performance workshop. There are two versions of this workshop; one for ages 5-8, and a more advanced version for ages 9 and over.
Here’s a 30 second YouTube video showing all the playful fun of our puppet shows. We also recently featured on Network Ten’s Totally Wild.
We find that the puppet show performances are enjoyed mostly by students in Prep and Grades 1 and 2, while the workshops tend to be enjoyed by students of all ages. Our incursions are not restricted to the early primary Design and Technologies curriculum, with many schools booking our workshops for upper primary as well. We also run the same programs for Vacation Care.
Brett’s Blue Card number is 1161011/3, Elissa’s is 690261/3. Larrikin Puppets has Public Liability Insurance through Duck For Cover Entertainers Insurance.
Brett and Elissa have completed three months of professional development in the USA, which included performances and advanced, formal training with Jim Henson puppeteers from The Muppets and Sesame Street.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy to chat further. We would love to share our colourful and fun puppets with your students.