Children and puppets

WP Puppet Theatre’s puppetry-based workshops and residencies are offered in-person OR online. Workshops can be designed to meet your particular needs or situations. Please contact us to discuss.

Also available for community events!




All workshops include:


  • Facilitation or Demonstration of Puppet construction
  • Puppeteer warm up exercises and animation tips
  • All supplies, tools OR if online, a complete supply list.
  • Teacher resources, lesson plans, curriculum links, scaffolding suggestions, pre and post assessment tools.
  • Maximum preferred class size ~ 30 students

A few samples of the workshops we offer:

Emotional Colours - in person workshopsEmotional Colours (A Courage Journey Program*)

  • Division 1
  • Exploring different emotions and how they make you feel.
  • Anchor Book: The Color Monster or When the Angry Ogre Visits
  • Curriculum Connections: Math, Health & Wellness, ELA


Caterpillar Shape Puppet

  • Grade 2
  • Anchor Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Curriculum Connections: Science, ELA, Math


Jumping peopleJumping People Puppet

  • Grade 1-3
  • Anchor Book: What is my Superpower? or The Snowy Day
  • Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, ELA, Math, Science


Diverse World - fork puppetsDiverse World (A Courage Journey Program*)

  • Grade 3-4
  • Expressing global communities and cultural/ societal diversity.



Water droplet - contour paper face puppet

Animal Paper Puppets

  • Division 2
  • Anchor Book: Can be linked any curriculum or book
  • Curriculum connections: Math, ELA


Shadow puppet with red eyes and sharp teeth

When Stuff is Shadowy (A Courage Journey Program*)

  • Grade 3-4
  • When we’re angry and unsure about how to appropriately express ourselves and when things aren’t clear, stuff is shadowy.
  • Check out our On Demand course “Playing with Shadows” as an alternative.


Puppet Workshops

Self Portrait Puppet

  • Grade 5
  • Anchor Book: The Day you Begin by J. Woodson
  • Curriculum Connections: ELA, Math


Puppet WorkshopsObject Puppet

  • Grade 6
  • Anchor Book: Legends of Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Curriculum Connections: ELA – symbol, metaphor, personification


Puppet WorkshopsSimple Four String Marionette

  • Grade 5-6
  • Curriculum Connections: Math, ELA,



Paper dragon


  • Division 2
  • Paper folding techniques – many based on 2 and 3 D geometry
  • Curriculum Connections: Math, Art



*Courage Journey Programs

WP Puppet Theatre Courage Journey in rainbow text. Says below: Connection Community, WellnessUse the power of puppetry to promote awareness and discussion of mental health and wellness. These workshops support social – emotional learning in diverse groups of students as well as help to develop community, foster resiliency and gain a voice for participant’s stories


“This workshop was very engaging for our students. It had a great balance of hands-on work time and time to interact with each other. Connecting puppetry to our Social Studies programming was a great way to connect with abstract ideas. We LOVED it!”

WP Puppet Festival, Calgary, Highland Park, 2022

Puppetry is an umbrella for literary, visual and dramatic art forms. A workshop can be a scaffold to further learning and support development of the following competencies:

  • Critical thinking,
  • Problem solving,
  • Managing information,
  • Creativity and innovation,
  • Communication,
  • Collaboration,
  • Cultural and global citizenship,
  • Personal growth and well-being


Using the power of puppetry to impact social change.