Praising Puppets #1

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PRAISING PUPPETS  This workshop will last 45 minutes.


SCRIPTURE: 10 Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)  Key Verse: Luke 17:15  “Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice.”


 OBJECTIVES:            The children will see that Jesus showed compassion to all people.

                                    The children will hear that saying “Thank you” is important!

                                    The children will learn what it meant to be a leper in Jesus’ time.


CONCEPT:  Define “miracle” for children (miracle - a wonderful event which shows us the power of God, or an especially vivid moment when as a result of an unexpected and surprising event, one becomes aware of the presence and power or God at work). 


Children enjoy using puppets!  They enjoy having a part in the story and watching someone else tell the story.  Using puppets allows the children some distance from the story and encourages kids to talk that might not otherwise ‘speak up’ in class.  The children will also be more engaged in the story, as they will be using their bodies, as well as their intellect, to tell/recall the story.



1.  Welcome the kids.  Open the time with prayer.  In your prayer, thank God for each person gathered there and ask God to open your ears and eyes that you might all see/hear/experience God’s awesome power.  If you are not comfortable using your own prayer, find one in a resource book in library someone to write one for you to use.


2.  Make sure you know each child’s name and use their names when speaking with them.  You may want to have each child introduce themselves in way appropriate for PRAISING PUPPETS.


For example - give each child a puppet and let the puppet introduce their ‘kid’.  Encourage the kids to use other voices.


You may want to do some warm-up vocal exercises with the kids and puppets.  Can they make their puppet say  “Whee” (starting on a high pitch and descending the pitch).  Can they make their puppet say “boop, boop, boop” using as low a voice as possible?  Any other vocal warm  ups you might know would be appropriate here.


3.  After collecting the puppets from the kids, introduce the bible lesson.  You may choose to tell the story, read the scripture from your bible, have kids find bible passage and you read it, have kids find it and volunteer to read it, have it written on scroll and read it, have it printed out in large print for all to read together - you choose how you feel is best for you and your teaching style.  What method best suits the story?  How old are the kids?  Do you need to change the story for the younger age classes?  Can you use a puppet to read or tell the story?


Whatever method of introducing the bible lesson you choose, it is recommended that you use either the New Revised Standard Version or Contemporary English Version.


4. Assign parts and puppets for the puppet script.  If you have more kids than parts, you might choose to divide the class in half and have half  be puppeteers the first time and other be audience and then switch.  You might also have some kids read the puppet lines and another be the puppeteer and then have them switch.  Just make sure that all kids have a chance to use the puppets at some point in the workshop!


5. Give the children a few minutes to practice using the puppets, review their lines, read over the script, work with a partner  to coordinate speaking with puppet action and feel comfortable with the story.  Remind the kids of the importance of speaking loudly and clearly so that the audience can hear!


6.  SHOW TIME!  (See attached script) Younger children can act out the story as you read it or they can act it out using their own words.  Older kids can act it out as written, reading the script, or they can act it out using their own words.  Let each group decide, or you decide prior to teaching the lesson what you think will work best.



                        a.  Why couldn’t the ten  men touch Jesus?

                        b.  What did Jesus tell them to do?

                        c.  Did Jesus heal only 1 of the ten?

                        d.  Why do you think the other 9 didn’t return to say “Thank you”?

                        e.  Who did the 10 have to go see?

                        f.  What did Jesus say had healed the man?

                        g.  What is ‘faith’? 


8.  Review the memory verse. 


9.  Clean up.  Put away puppets and put away props.


10.. Have kids put either a stamp from your workshop, a sticker or a small item (happy face stamp, number 10, word “Thank you”?) in their journal to help them remember where they went and what the workshop was about.  This is to help them when they do their journal writing at the end of the day.



Close with a prayer.  For example:  Dear God, Thank you for giving us voices to praise you, hands to help us do your work and minds to think of you.  Help us to help others, even if they don’t look clean, nice or like us.  Help us remember to thank You for loving us and taking care of us.  Amen.


You might also want to close with the memory verse or have kids name something they want to thank God for.




1.  Make sure there are puppets that will work for this story in the room.


2.  Decide what props would work and have them available for the kids to use if they choose.


3.  Go over the script and know the story very well.


4.  Decide how you want to present the bible lesson and practice whatever method you choose.  Practice telling the story and get any props you might wish to use (nothing to elaborate for props!)


5.  Be prepared in case kids are shy about acting out the story.  Be prepared to give “stage directions” to help them along.  This may involve reading the script while the kids move.  If the class is very large, you could have 1 person be the voice of the character and another the puppet.  This way the puppeteer doesn’t have to worry about saying/reading lines.  You can also have the class acting and being audience and then switch. 


For the young kids, you may want to have them all have a puppet and act out all the parts as you read the script, changing your voice to represent the different characters.


6.  Decide what you want to use to ‘mark’ kids’ journals.  This sticker/stamp/item is to help them remember what they saw, did, learned in your workshop to help them at journal writing at the end of the day.  It is NOT to be a craft they do, just a small item you have for them to place in their Daily Journal to encourage them to respond to what they have experienced.


7.  Decide how you want to close.  Have prayer written - are you going to read it, have kids read it together, one kid read, etc.  What if you have extra time?  Are there other activities you could do? 






*Item to mark journals

*Backdrop/scenery (may already be in room - not sure what room is going to look like!)

*Bible or storytelling resource



“Jesus’ Miracles”, J. Nowak, Memorial Presbyterian Church, Xenia, OH

Children’s Illustrated Bible, retold by Marjorie Newman, World International Publishing Ltd

Children’s Bible Stories, Tape #15, Puppet Productions




Luke 17:11-19

A Puppet Script for 8-10 characters


NARRATOR 1:         Hi!  We have a story about some men Jesus healed.  You can find this                                           story in your Bible in the book of Luke, one of the gospels.


NARRATOR 2:         These men had the terrible disease of leprosy.  People were afraid of                                                leprosy because once you got it, no one in that time knew how to cure it.                                                  Leprosy showed up as white patches on the skin and this made it                                                       impossible to hide from other people.  Every healthy person feared

catching it; so lepers were forced to leave their homes and go and live outside the village.


NARRATOR 1:         Yes, they had to live outside their villages, away from their families and                                           friends. They were forced by law to wear torn clothes, cover their faces                                             and to call out “Unclean, unclean!” if they saw anyone coming. But, they                                          had a plan.....


MAN #1:                     I have heard from people on the road that Jesus will be coming this way!


MAN #2:                     Isn’t Jesus the one that they say can heal sick people?


MAN #3:                     Yes, he is.  But do you think we can even get close enough to Jesus to

                                    ask him to heal us?  The crowds will not allow it!


MAN #4:                     What about me?  I am a Samaritan and Jesus is a Jew.  Jews and                                                             Samaritans don’t like each other at all.  Do you think Jesus might heal                                             me? 


MAN #1:                     I think we should try.  I think we should stay here by the roadside and wait

                                    and watch for Jesus to come.


MAN #2:                     Yes, we must try.  We will have to all yell together to try and get Jesus’

                                    attention.  We dare not get close to Jesus or the crowd - we must not

                                    give our terrible disease to anyone else!


NARRATOR 1:         So, the 10 lepers waited and watched.  And sure enough, at last, they saw

                                    Jesus coming.


NARRATOR 2:         Other people were with him as they had expected.  But at last they saw     

                                    Jesus coming.


MAN #3:                     Now, we must yell out together so Jesus will hear us!


MAN #4:                     Oh, I do hope Jesus will notice us and see how much we need help!.


ALL 4 MEN:               Jesus!  Master!  Please be good to us and heal us!


JESUS:                        Who is calling out to me?  Where is that yelling coming from?


PEOPLE W/JESUS:            It is those 10 lepers there by the roadside.   Don’t get too close, Jesus!

                                    You know what a terrible disease leprosy is.        


NARRATOR 1:         Jesus turned to look for them and saw the men’s faces.


JESUS:                        Go and let the priests check you over!


MAN #1:                     Did he say to go to the priest?!  The priests were the ones who decided I

                                    had leprosy in the first place!


MAN #2:                     It was the priest who made us go and live outside the village!  Surely Jesus

                                    saw we DO have patches of leprosy upon us!


MAN #3:                     Well, Jesus did tell us to go and I trust Jesus.  I say we should do as he



MAN #4:                     Yes, let us all go and show ourselves to the priest.


NARRATOR #2:       So, the 10 set out to find the priests.  And as they went, their skins cleared.                            Full of excitement, they checked each other.  It was true!  They were                                         healed!


NARRATOR #1:       One of the men, the Samaritan, came rushing back to Jesus.


MAN #4:                     Thank You!  O, thank you. 


NARRATOR #2:       The man laid down on the ground in front of Jesus and thanked him.


JESUS:                        Where are the others?  Didn’t I heal 10 sick men?  Aren’t any of  them

                                    ready to praise God?   Only this Samaritan?


NARRATOR #1:       Then gently, Jesus spoke to the man.....


JESUS:                        Get up.  Go on your way!  Your faith has made you well.


NARRATOR #2:       And the news about Jesus continued to spread among the people.