Praising Puppets #2

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Cary North Carolina. It may be used for non-profit uses only.


PRAISING PUPPETS  This workshop will last 45 minutes.


SCRIPTURE: Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)   Key Verse:  “ Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’  The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’” (Mark 10:51)  This story is also found in Matt. 20:29-34 and Luke 18:35-43.


OBJECTIVES: The children will hear again that having faith is important.

                                    The children will learn that Jesus showed compassion.

                                    The children will learn that Jesus listens to and helps all people

                                                even people that others try to keep quiet!



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, ask 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 have the child give their puppet a name that begins with the same first letter as their own name.  They would need to introduce their puppet and themselves.


You may want to do some warm-up vocal exercises with the kids and puppets.   This could be singing a song everyone knows using puppets (Jesus Loves Me),  saying the alphabet with the puppets, making animal sounds, etc. 


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. Where did this healing take place?

                        b.  What was Bartimaeus’ “job”?

                        c.  How did Bartimaeus know about Jesus?

                        d.  How did Bartimaeus get Jesus’ attention?

                        e.  Have you ever felt like Bartimaeus - that no one pays attention to you?

                                                How did you feel?

                        f.  What did Bartimaeus ask of Jesus?

                        g.  What did Jesus say to Bartimaeus?

                        h.  Why do you think Bartimaeus followed Jesus?


8.  Review the key 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 ( face w/o eyes, eyes that are wide opened?) 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:  Loving God,  Thank you for voices that we can use to praise you, call out your name and ask you for help.  Remind us to always keep our trust and faith in you, for you are ever loving, patient and kind.  Amen


You might also want to close with the memory verse or a song.




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