Characters: Grasshopper Egg (under grass plant), Grasshopper Nymph, Grasshopper Adult, Monarch Egg (on leaf), Monarch Caterpillar, Monarch Chrysalis, Monarch Butterfly.
Props: small pompoms to glue onto egg puppets, “Weeks Later” sign, “Days Later” sign.
Grasshopper Egg Oh me, oh my. I’m just a tiny egg down under the soil. I’m ready for a change.
Monarch Egg I’m just a tiny egg, here under this leaf. I’m ready for a change, too.
Grasshopper Egg I wonder what I’ll be when I hatch. Maybe a buzzy bee, or a dragonfly. Continue reading Insect Life Cycles – Puppet Show
Characters: Benjy Bear, Mitch Milkweed Seed, Clara Cranberry, Bertie Burdock, Sally Squirrel.
Props: Brown pompom for burdock burr, basket of acorns prop
Benjy Bear Gee, it’s a breezy fall morning.
Look at all this fluffy stuff in the air. Here’s a bit of fluff caught on a branch.
Mitch Milkweed I’m not just a bit of fluff. I’m a traveling seed.
Bear Oh, I seed what you mean. But what’s all that fluffy white hair for? Continue reading Traveling Seeds – Puppet Show
Orville’s First Flight
Characters: Orville Oriole, Chelsea Chickadee, Wilbur Wood Thrush, Storm Cloud.
Props: suitcase prop, sign saying “That Evening,” cookie sheet for thunder, palm tree prop.
Orville Oriole Mmm, there’s a bug, yum! I know I’m putting on weight, but this cold weather’s making me ravenous. I wonder when it’s going to warm up.
Chelsea Chickadee Warm up? Orville Oriole, you mean cool down, don’t you? Another month and there’ll be snow on the ground and ice in the ponds. Continue reading Birds on the Wing – Puppet Show
It’s Snow Picnic
Characters: Matthew Mouse, Woody Woodchuck, Simone Skunk, Ferdy Fir Tree, Goldy Goldfinch, Heidi Hare.
Props: Sign saying “January 1st,” piece of white fabric to cover stage, dried weed stalk with seed head, cotton balls.
Matthew Mouse Oh boy! A snowflake in October! Winter’s coming! I should have a party to celebrate winter. I’ll have it in January when there’s plenty of snow. Why, here’s Woody Woodchuck. Hi, Woody.
Woodchuck Hi, Matthew Mouse. Brrr, it’s cold today! I’m going back in my den!
Mouse Wait, Woody! I’m going to have a winter party, in January, and you’re invited. Continue reading Winter Ways – Puppet Show
The Sweetest Sap
Characters: Sammy Squirrel, Grandpa Squirrel, Fir Tree, Beech Tree, Red Maple, Sugar Maple
Sammy Squirrel Ya know, these acorns are filling, but I’m getting bored with them. All winter long, nothing but nuts and seeds.
Grandpa Squirrel Well, Sammy, when I was a youngun, I didn’t sit around complainin’. Warm days in the spring, I’d run up a maple tree and drink the sweep sap. Fills ya full o’ energy, sap does. Puts a real frisk in yer tail.
Sammy A sweet energy drink? Gee, I gotta try that. See ya, Gramps! (exits) Continue reading Sugar Maples – Puppet Show
A Budding Detective
Characters: Harry Hare, Hawthorn Twig, Staghorn Sumac Twig, Basswood Twig, Cherry Twig, Sugar Maple Twig.
Harry Hare I am a hungry hare! Now, what should I have for supper? Twigs and buds? A little bark? I’ve eaten all the evergreen twigs I can reach, but it’s hard to tell these bare twigs apart without their leaves. This is going to take some good detective work!
Hawthorn Haw, haw, haw! You don’t need to be a detective to tell a hawthorn twig. You could find me with your eyes closed!
Hare Yikes! Those are big thorns! I guess it is easy to tell a hawthorn by its twigs. Continue reading Trees in Winter – Puppet Show
A Swell Day
Characters: Reddy Red Squirrel, Willow Pinecone Gall, Oak Apple Gall, Goldenrod Ball Gall, Raspberry Knot Gall.
Reddy Red Squirrel One piney cone, two piney cones. I love pinecones and the little seeds I find inside them. And I’m counting on them to get me through the winter. Three piney cones…Oh, look! Here’s a pinecone I must have missed.
Willow Pinecone Gall Oh, boo hoo. Everyone thinks I’m a pinecone, but I’m not. If I were a pine, I’d have needles, wouldn’t I?
Squirrel Hey, you’re right. How can you be a pine without needles? Continue reading Galls Galore – Puppet Show
Characters: Bernie Beaver, Mr. Cardinal, Chickadee, Mr. Red-winged Blackbird, Mrs. Red-winged Blackbird. Blue Jay, Mrs. Cardinal appear but don’t speak.
Bernie Beaver There! Been working all night and now the dam is fixed. It’s almost morning, so it’s time for me to go to bed. Sure is peaceful and quiet at this hour…
Mr. Cardinal Wa-cheer, wa-cheer. (exits)
Chickadee Fee-dee, fee–dee-dee. (exits)
Beaver Well, it was quiet. I wonder why the birds are so noisy this morning. All Continue reading Songbird Songs – Puppet Show
Characters: Dandy Dandelion, Nellie, Willie Woodchuck, Harriet Honeybee.
Props: Trowel, lawn mower, dandelion seed head (or, if available, real dandelion seed head).
Dandy Dandelion I know I’m not wanted here in this garden, but it sure is nice. Rich soil, no shade. I’ve got it made, unless…uh oh, here comes trouble.
Nellie Hello there, Dandy Dandelion. I love your cheerful flowers! Too bad I have to pull you up, but you don’t belong in the garden. Continue reading Dandelions – Puppet Show
All the Buzz about Flowers
Characters: Sadie Sunflower, Beulah Bumblebee, Charlie Chickadee, Gertie Grass.
Prop: two yellow pompoms for bumblebee’s legs; sign saying, “Bees Welcome, Pollen Here.”
(Sunflower and Bumblebee enter together.)
Beulah Bumblebee (buzzing around sunflower, singing) Oh pollen, so nutritious, oh nectar, so sweet!
Charlie Chickadee Hi, Beulah Bumblebee, what’s that yellow stuff on your legs? Continue reading Flowers to Fruit – Puppet Show
Characters: Woody Woodchuck, Jumping Spider, Winifred Wolf Spider, Crab Spider, Olivia Orb-weaver
Props: goldenrod flower
Jumping Spider One, two, three…(jumps) One, two, three…(jumps again) Better!
Woody Woodchuck Hello there, spider! What’s with all the jumping?
Jumping Spider Hi, Woody Woodchuck. Today’s the day of the Spider Olympics. Bet you’ve never seen so many eight-legged athletes in one place! Continue reading Spiders: Web-Builders and Wanderers – Puppet Show
Characters: Maple Tree, Charlie Chipmunk, Sarah Sapsucker, Sammy Squirrel, Tiny Fir Tree
Maple Tree (tapping noise) Who’s that nibbling on my toes?
Chipmunk That was me, Maple Tree, chewing on these little roots down here.
Tree Listen, Charlie Chipmunk, I need those roots. Look how big my trunk is, and all these branches. I couldn’t stand up without strong roots to anchor me.
Chipmunk I’ll say they’re strong. They get into cracks in the rock, and start to grow thicker. Pretty soon the rock splits in two! Continue reading Tremendous Trees – Puppet Show
Stalking the Wild Grasses
Characters: Benjy Bear, Foxtail Grass, Crab Grass, Panic Grass
Props: hunt card; 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of flour on stiff piece of paper.
Benjy Bear (holding up hunt card) Oh boy, I love these nature scavenger hunts, but sometimes they can be quite challenging! Hmm. It says, “Find a grass plant.” (Foxtail Grass appears) Oh, hello, are you a grass plant?
Foxtail Grass You bet.
Bear That was easy. Now let’s see. It says, “Look at the stem and find the nose.” The nose?! I don’t see any nose! Wait a minute, that’s silly! Plants don’t have noses! Even I know that! Continue reading Grasses and Grains – Puppet Show
Red Riding Rabbit and Br’er Fox
Characters: Mother Rabbit, Bunny, Grandma Rabbit, Fox
Props: a briar patch, Grandma’s shawl, sign saying “Meanwhile in Grandma Rabbit’s Thicket”
Mother Rabbit Listen, Bunny Dear. Grandma Rabbit is not feeling well today. Why don’t you go and visit her? Maybe that will make her feel better.
Bunny Sure. I’ll cut right through the woods because that’s a faster way to get to Grandma Rabbit’s thicket.
Rabbit OK, but remember to keep a lookout for danger. Continue reading Predators and Prey – Puppet Show
Dinner Guest Dilemmas
Characters: Sally Squirrel, Molly Mole, Willy Weasel, Benjy Bear
Props: foods like corn cobs, apples, blueberries, clover
Sally Squirrel I hope I have everything ready for my dinner party. My guests should be arriving any time now. (knocking sound) Here’s someone now!
Molly Mole Hi, Sally Squirrel. Am I the first one here?
Squirrel Yes, come right in, Molly Mole. May I offer you some acorn appetizers?
Mole Acorns? Oh, no thank you, Sally. I can’t eat acorns. Continue reading Skull Sleuthing – Puppet Show
Fine Feathers Fashion Revue
Characters: Blue Jay, Harriet Hare, Wendy Woodcock, Mr. Cardinal, Mr. Mallard Duck.
Props: Loony-bird costume.
Blue Jay Welcome one and all to the
Fine Feathers Fashion Revue!
Hare What’s a revue?
Blue Jay It’s a show with lots of different performers showing what they can do. Continue reading Birds of a Feather – Puppet Show
The Bedtime Story
Characters: Father mouse, young mouse, Great Horned Owl
Mouse Daddy, will you tell me a bedtime story?
Father Mouse Okay, how about a story about an owl?
Mouse Oooh, a scary story. I like scary stories.
Father Mouse Once upon a time there was a little mouse, and in the woods nearby there lived a great horned owl. The owl slept all day long, but as soon as it got dark out, it would wake up and sing out into the darkness…(Father exits, owl enters) Continue reading Calling All Owls – Puppet Show
The Rascally Bandit Strikes Again
Characters: Rocky Raccoon, Patty Porcupine, Toby Turtle, Emmy Eft, Wally Worm, Renee Raspberry, Benjy Bear.
Raccoon Here is the Rascally Bandit, prowling in the dark, striking fear in the hearts of all defenseless creatures! And here comes some prey. Maybe he can catch it!
Patty Porcupine Hello, Rocky Raccoon.
Raccoon Oh, it’s you Patty Porcupine. Don’t worry. I won’t eat you.
Porcupine Eat me? I guess not. With these quills, I’d be a prickly mouthful! Continue reading Daunting Defenses – Puppet Show
The Tales of Two Rodents
Characters: Beaver, Blue Jay, Fox, Muskrat
Props: three or four small sticks; two wooden blocks to bang together to make loud clap, cattail prop.
Cattail prop attached to stage
Beaver (places a stick on stage) Five, six, pick up sticks, seven, eight, lay them straight.
Blue Jay Hold it, wait a minute, hold on right there. What are you up to, Bernie Beaver? Continue reading Beavers and Muskrats – Puppet Show
It’s a Bee’s Life
Characters: Nellie Girl, Henrietta Honeybee, Earth Fairy, Nellie Bee, Queen Bee, Nellie’s Mom
Nellie Hi there, Henrietta Honeybee. You sure are busy. You’ve been to every flower in this patch.
Henrietta Honeybee Yes, I don’t want to miss a single drop.
Nellie You must be collecting honey!
Honeybee Honey? Oh no, there’s no honey in these flowers.
Nellie You mean they’re empty? Continue reading The Buzz on Bees – Puppet Show