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Fun with Benefits! Aligned with N.C. Education Standards
Puppet Show Inc. offers a wide variety of puppetry performances geared towards educating as well as entertaining audiences of all ages. The puppetry programs are aligned with the North Carolina K-5 Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, Essential Standards in Theatre Arts, Healthful Living and Guidance. All the puppetry productions foster Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) so important to success in school and in life as well as teach the NCDPI Character Education traits.
Puppetry in Education is Research Based
Research supports puppetry as a powerful teaching tool.
Puppets are an aspect of our history and everyday lives. From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Muppets we see puppets on television, on videos or in live performances. In their different forms they appeal to both old and young alike, represent different customs and traditions and are valuable educational tools. Puppets are both entertaining and captivating. Children can believe and relate to them; they can enter and explore the fascinating inventive world that puppets create.
Learning through play is fundamental to our children's education, helping them to develop the necessary skills in life. Puppets can stimulate children’s imagination, encourage creative play and discovery and are a wonderful interactive way to introduce narrative to even the most reluctant reader. They can be a powerful way of bringing story time to life; puppets can provide a focus for role play, encouraging the child’s imagination and involvement in activities and can play a fundamental part in the recitation of stories and verse. In addition, hand puppets with workable mouths and tongues are an excellent motivational resource to inspire the teaching of phonics within literacy.
Puppets can assist children with special educational needs. They can motivate and support children with difficulties in communication and interaction. They can help to develop their social and motor skills, and can meet the visual, tactile and emotional needs of the individual child. Large human puppets with glove hands and fingers can be used in conjunction with the different varieties of signing, adding a further dimension in helping children with both hearing difficulties and learning disabilities.
Puppets can share joy or sadness; they can be naughty or good, cheeky or shy; and when a child is engaged by a puppet they can learn lessons and absorb messages without even realizing they are.
How to Help
Puppet Show Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. We are dedicated to educating, entertaining and enthralling diverse populations in the magical world of puppetry arts. Your donations help to provide puppet shows at little, or in some cases, no costs to organizations whose community members may not have the opportunity to experience a live theatrical performance. Donations are tax deductible. To Donate, please click on the Donate Tab at the top of the page. Please consider designated Puppet Show as your charity through Amazon Smile. We participate in Employer Matching Gift Programs
Upcoming Free Community Based Puppet Projects. These programs are supported by the Orange County Arts Commission and NC Arts Council a div.of
the Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources
***CANCELLED due to Library Closings
Create A Puppet Workshop
World Puppetry Day
Hillsborough Library March 20th 4:00-5:00
Carrboro Library March 21st 10:30-11:30
The Empty Pot Puppet Show
Hillsborough Library April 16th 4:00-5:00
Carrboro Library April 18th 10:30-11:30
Create A Puppet Workshop
Hillsborough Library May 17th 2:00-3:00
Carrboro Library May 16th 10:30-11:30
The Tortoise & the Hare Puppet Show
Hillsborough Library June 6th 10:00-11:00
Carrboro Library June 13th 10:30-11:30
We are pleased to be part of the Durham Arts Council CAPPS Program for 2019-2021! Creative Artists in Public & Private Schools.
Check out the Scarf Marionette Puppets
made at the World Puppetry Day Celebration March 2019!
We offer Teacher Workshops!
UNC Puppet Workshop
Are you a high school student looking to earn Service Learning hours? We are approved through LetServe. Just sign up through the LetServe website or email us at
A partial list of some of the places we have performed:
* Carrboro Elem After School
* Scroggs Elem. After School
* Nothside Elem. After School
* Morris Grove Elem. After School
* McDougle Elem. After School
* Seawell Elem. After School
* Primrose Day School
* Triad School of Math and Science
* Triangle Math & Science Academy
* McDougle Elem PTA Book Fair
* Barnes & Nobles Cary
* Chatham Co. Partnership for Young
Children ( Teacher Workshop)
* UNC School of Education Teacher
Workshop on ELA Standards & Puppets
* Carrboro Century Center
* Kidzu Children's Museum
* Carrboro Branch Library
* Hillsborough Main Library
* Gigi's Playhouse Raleigh Down's
Syndrome Achievement Center
* Daisy/Brownie/Girl Scout Troop Raleigh
* Spanish for Fun Cary
* Spanish for Fun Wake Forest
* Sterling Montessori Academy
* Kiddie Academy
* W.G. Pearson Elem.
* E.K. Powe Elem.
Many thanks to the Strowd Roses Foundation and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation for awarding grants to Puppet Show Inc. 2018-2019! These generous grants funded our free community programs at the Carrboro and Hillsborough Libraries, GiGi's Playhouse and the Kidzu Children's Museum!