Puppets help children (especially younger children) engage with the stories and stay focused.
While storytelling is predominantly about the words, and weaving
tales out of the listeners’ imagination, it can be helpful to add a
visual element, and audiences really take to the range of puppet
characters involved in the stories. Many of the stories told in
any set involve puppets, while a few are simply told to develop listening skills.
This blend of styles seems to work well for a whole range of
audiences (including many adults).
While many of the puppets used to tell the stories are
commercially available, there are a number of characters that
crop up in the tales for which no commercial puppets are
suitable, so these have to be handmade.
Here are some images of a few of these characters, which are made by Fiona. For more information about her handmade puppets, please visit www.touchstonepuppets.com