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Writing poetry is a wonderful way for children to experiment creatively with language outside the constraints of just ‘getting it right’. There’s a lot of freedom, fun, flair and flight of imagination involved. Writing poetry is like playing with words – and all children learn from and thrive upon play.
According to The Kennedy Center:
Poetry and puppetry are two art forms that encourage use of language. Poetry opens the door for students to play with words and apply them to different forms of poems, such as a haiku poem. Puppetry enables students to use language orally and build confidence in their speaking and communication skills. Both can help form the wings students must earn for their learning to take off.
Playing At Home: Poetry And Puppets For Children And Families
Attention parents! Looking for a fun ‘at home’ activity where your child gets to play with words? Encourage them to write a poem in English then submit it to Larrikin Puppets to be performed by a puppet on video. Your child can then choose which puppet in our cast they’d like to have read their poem!
All children aged 12 and under located anywhere in the world are welcome to enter.
If the poem is selected, it will be published on our website, YouTube and social media.
While this service is provided at no cost, if we select your child’s poem, we encourage you to become a Larrikin Puppets Patron from as little as $1/month.
How to submit your child’s poem:
Use our Contact Form to type in the poem. Be sure to include your child’s first name, their age, their city/country and the name of which puppet you’d like to have read the poem.
Choose from the puppets below!
Learning English: Poetry And Puppets For Schools
Queensland Teachers! Get your class (whether online or at school) excited about poetry writing!
Option 1: Run A Poetry Writing Competition With A Puppet Show Reward (Prep to Year 3)
Run a poetry writing competition in class then reward the class with a live puppet show performance by Larrikin Puppets online or at your school, including puppet readings of the winning poems.
Cost ONLINE – Australia-wide:
1-30 students – $250
26–50 students – $350
Cost AT SCHOOL – South-East Queensland only:
1-100 students – $500 (approx. $5.00/student).
101-300 students – $600 (approx. $2/student).
301-600 students – $700 (approx. $1.16/student).
601 students and over – $800 (approx. 80c/student).
Regional Queensland schools are welcome to contact us for our regional touring costs.
Option 2: Run A Poetry With Puppets Workshop (Year 1 to Year 6)
Workshops currently not available due to COVID-19, but expected to start up again in September 2020, so feel free to book from then!
Invite Larrikin Puppets to run a puppetry performance workshop in which students learn how to perform their own poems using puppets.
Cost: $550 per workshop. Maximum of 45 students per workshop. Need 2 workshops? Get a $100 discount at $1000. Need 3 workshops? Get a $300 discount at $1350.