Category Archives: Puppets

Halloween Puppet Skit – Make Demons Tremble

DSC_1034Make Demons Tremble

by Tamera Kraft

This skit needs a devil puppet and a super hero puppet.

SIN: (Comes dancing in happy and excited.) Oh how I love this time of year. Everybody is worshipping me. Children are holding seines to conjure up my demons. Scary movies are putting my spirit of fear into people. My witches are sacrificing animals and children to me. Evil men are poisoning candy. I just love Halloween. As for those Christians, they hide out on Halloween. I’ve got them running scared and now I’m coming after you….ha…ha…ha. (Music begins playing.) What’s that. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Oh no! It’s Scripture Man.

SCRIPTURE MAN:     Yes, Mr. Sin. I’m Scripture Man, strange visitor from heaven who came to Earth to give the Sword of the Word of God to anyone who will use it.

SIN: Well your sniveling little Christian won’t use the Word of God tonight. They’re trembling in their homes. They’re scared of me on Halloween.

SCRIPTURE MAN:     Not this Halloween, Mr. Sin. This Halloween, God’s calling an army to make demons tremble tonight and every night.

SIN: (looks a little scared.) You can’t make me tremble tonight. Halloween’s my property.

SCRIPTURE MAN:     God can make you tremble every night. James 2:19 says that you know there is a God and it makes you tremble.

SIN: (looking very scared. Pleading.) But this is Halloween. Please just let me have this one night. I promise I won’t bother any Christians. Please, just one night.

SCRIPTURE MAN:     You have made Halloween a night of darkness. But John 1:5 says that the light      shines in the darkness. We Christians are taking Halloween back. We are going to shine in the darkness you’ve created.

SIN: I won’t go. You can’t make me.

SCRIPTURE MAN:     James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he must flee from you.

SIN: (whining) Please don’t.

SCRIPTURE MAN:     Mark 16:17 says that if we believe in Jesus, then in his name we can drive out demons. Children, on the count of three, I want you to drive Mr. Sin out of here by shouting the name of Jesus. Ready…1…2…3 IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

(Mr. Sin shrieks in terror and disappears.)

SCRIPTURE MAN:     Remember, Children, be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Good-bye. (Flies away.)

©  2001, Revival Fire 4 Kids, Tamera Kraft

How to Use Puppets in Children’s Ministry

DSC_1160Puppets are an effective tool in children’s ministry. However over the last few years, they’ve gotten a bad name. The main reason for this is because they aren’t used effectively. Here are a few tips to help you utilize puppets in children’s ministry.

Short Skits: Using puppets for life application skits can’t be effective if they’re kept short. Don’t ever use skits that go longer than five minutes. This isn’t a puppet performance, it’s a children’s service. Puppets are only one part of the service and should never go longer than the youngest child’s attention span.

Bible Stories: Puppets are a great tool to tell Bible stories. You can use Bible character puppets or have a puppet tell the story in his own words.

Comic Relief: Comedy is a great tool for keeping children’s attention. One way to do this is to have a silly puppet that always messes up the lesson.

Announcements: Puppets are a great way to make announcements or to share the rules.

Music Specials during offering or opening: Just as churches have soloists during big church, use puppets to do solos and perform a song in children’s church.

Memory Verse Introduction: Puppets are a great tool for introducing the memory verse for the day.

Click this link to buy a downloadable book with short memory verse puppet skits.

Back-up Singers for Praise and Worship: Puppets can be your praise team during praise and worship. One word of caution – Be careful not to detract children from praising God.

Some Cautions:

  • Always keep the skits short
  • Make sure the puppeteer is trained
  • Don’t use puppets too often or for the entire program

Puppet Stages

The type of puppet stage you use will affect the your puppet ministry. You could use resources you already have such as a window or a door with a curtain, or you can build or buy one. Here’s some puppet stages you could use.

PVC Pipe: A few years ago, everybody was making puppet stages out of PVC pipe. The reason not very many people are still using this kind of stage is because it is flimsy and falls down easily. If you do go this route, glue the pipes together to make them sturdier.

Tripod: This is the most popular store bought stage. It comes with curtains and metal tripods to hold it up. It is collapsible and easy to story. Here are pics of two versions of tripod stages.

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Handmade Wooden Stage with hinges: Another great stage is a handmade wooden stage with hinges so it can fold for easy storage. These stages are easy to make and can be painted to reflect any theme.

Muslin Backdrop: If you make your own stage with a curtain backdrop, use muslin as the material. Behind the stage paint the wall black. Keep the lights on in front of the stage. This way, the puppeteers can see the audience, but the audience can’t see the puppeteer.

 

 

 

Types of Puppets

DSC_1032There are many types of puppets. If you’re considering starting a puppet ministry, it’s a good idea to decide ahead of time what types of puppets will work best for you. Here are a few that work well for children’s ministry.

Hand Puppets: Hand puppets are puppets where the operator puts his hand in the puppet to control it. They come in animal and human form and are available in various sizes.

DSC_1160Rod Puppets: Rod puppets are hand puppets that had rods attached to the arms so the puppeteer can control arm movement.

Wrap Around: Wrap around puppets are usually animal hand puppet that have long arms and legs that wrap around the operator and attach to each other. These are usually used in ventriloquism.

Full Body Puppets: Full body puppets are usually the size of an adult and require more than one operator.

Black Light Puppets: Black light puppets require some preparation. They are glow in the dark hand puppets. To crate the black light effect, a room must be completely darkened, and a black light bulb is lit.

Ventriloquism Dummies: Ventriloquism dummies require some training on how to use the devices inside the make the dummy move and to learn ventriloquism.

Marionettes: Marionette puppets have strings attached and need training to operate.

 

The Care and Feeding of Puppets

DSC_1160Puppets can be a very effective tool in children’s ministry. If you have a puppet ministry or are planning to create one, here are some tips on taking care of puppets.

Store puppets in dry places. Moisture and humidity can ruin expensive puppets.

Never use the mouth to pick up things or bite with the mouth. This destroys the cardboard area around the mouth.

Change puppet clothes for different looks, themes, and characters. Size 2T – 4T Clothes can be used for average size puppets to create a variety of looks.

Rod arms can be used to move hands. Puppets will appear more lifelike if you use rods to manipulate puppets’ arms.

Resources for Puppets