INSET Training

Puppetry Training For Teachers, Community Workers and Workshop Leaders

We offer INSET sessions for teachers and educators who work with children.  These sessions will give ideas for puppet making in the classroom/workshop setting as well as practical ideas of how to help the children manipulate their puppets i.e. simple games and activities.  Each participant will receive a small resource pack to support the session.  This INSET is suitable for teachers, as well as those people interested in making puppets and performances with children and young people.

“The students absolutely loved the puppet making session and many rated on their evaluation forms as a highlight of the course.  All three of you were truly inspiring in demonstrating how puppetry can bring all aspects of literacy teaching to life and as a consequence I know we now have 20 more nearly newly-qualified teachers committed to using puppets in their English classes.”  Frances Bodger (Lecturer in Primary Education, Department of Early Years and Primary Education, UCL Institute of Education)

Teaching Light and Shadow using Shadow Puppets

Thursday 18th October

4.15pm – 6.30pm

This informative session will provide you with all the knowledge you need to explore light and shadow using the medium of shadow puppets!  You will learn how to make a variety of shadow puppets using different methods with links to how you can use them to explore how shadows are made and to explain transparent, translucent and opaque properties.  This is a great way to use cross curricular links to teach both science and art with beautiful outcomes.  At this time of year shadow puppetry is also a fantastic opportunity to tell seasonal stories involving light such as the Ramayana, bonfire night and Christmas.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who works with children or young people and is interested in learning how to make a variety of shadow puppets that can be made or used by the children they work with.

As part of the process you will make your own puppets and learn the skills and methods for making the design with children, along with top tips for using this puppet in an educational setting.

Along with anything you have made participants will also be given notes/an instruction sheet to take away.

Dates and times:  Thursday 18th October 2018: 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Cost:  £35 per person (£25 Concessions)

Location:  Little Angel Studios

BOOK ONLINE or call our box office on 020 7226 1787.

Please note, online bookings can only be made up to 1.00pm on the day of the workshop .  Any bookings after this time must be made directly with the Box Office.

Concession bookings

Concession bookings must be made in person at the theatre, our Box Office is open 7 days a week from 10.00am – 5.00pm.  Please bring the relevant documentation with you. Call ahead to check availability of places on the course you want to book (0207 2261787).

Please note we cannot reserve places on courses or classes, so book early to avoid disappointment. Follow this link for further information regarding concession eligibility.  Concessions declaration form


INSET PACKAGES – We’ll come to you!

Inspired by – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 

Learn how to make animal puppets suitable for EYFS and KS1

This session will teach you a range of simple but impressive puppet ‘makes’ that younger children will be able to access.  Inspired by our production of Micheal Rosen’s ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’, participants will learn how to make a range of animal puppets that feature in our show including a bear, a seagull, butterflies, fish a dog and an owl (depending on the length of session you book).  Most suitable for EYFS and KS1 ages, although designs can be adapted to suit a variety of ages.

Shadow Puppets

Learn the different techniques for making a variety of shadow puppets and explore how to use them with your pupils.

Book character table top puppet making workshop

Learn how to make our versatile person puppet that can be linked to story characters or history topics.

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All of these puppets are ideal for making in the classroom or educational/crafty setting, using simple easily available materials.

Your staff will leave the session with example puppets they have made and lots of ideas about how you can teach the children you work with using the puppets (depending on the length of session you book). This workshop is suitable for teachers, play workers, nursery staff and educators.


For up to a max of 20 adults (we can work with more but this will affect the cost)

Two hour session – £250+VAT

Half day session (up to 4 hours) – £325+VAT

Whole day session (up to 7 hours) – £425+VAT


To discuss your needs, check availability and get a quote contact: