Younger Audiences

From Geoffrey Moran (Australia)

Smaller kids often relate better to "stuffed animal" type puppets because it's often like the toy they play with or take to bed at night that they feel safe with. With little kids I always try to make my puppet "shy" at the start so as to help the kids that maybe feeling unsure about the puppet - if the puppet is "shy" they (the kids) want to help the puppet to be un-shy and so the unsure kids almost automatically join in.

I make the puppet shy by:
1/ Having him say he's shy/scared from his box BEFORE he comes out,
2/ Once he's out of his box I have him shaking nervously, and.
3/ hiding head under my arm till he's finally brave enough to come out.

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