Toad Gets Bugged
Characters: Teddy Toad, Shirley Spider, Davy Dragonfly, Bombardier Beetle, Giant Water Bug.
Teddy Toad I’ve worked up quite an appetite in the garden today and a nice insect would taste great. (tapping sound) Is that the pitter patter of little buggy feet I hear? Who’s that walking down my garden path?
Shirley Spider It’s me, Shirley Spider. Let me pass!
Toad Afraid not! I’m ready for an insect snack and a crunchy bug like you would be perfect. Continue reading All Sorts of Insects – Puppet Show
Leaf It to Leaves!
Characters: Woody Woodchuck, Freda Fern, Pine Needles, Gertie Grass, Chlorophyll, Maple Leaf
Props: carbon dioxide, water drop, sun, clover leaf, words to song.
Woody Woodchuck (singing while holding clover) I’m looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before. Mmm – I certainly do love leaves. They make such wonderful meals for a woodchuck. And they come in all shapes and sizes. (Freda Fern enters, clover exits) Why, hello there, Freda Fern. I was just thinking about you.
Freda Fern You were? Why’s that? I’m all ears – well, actually I’m all leaves. Continue reading Leaves: Nature’s Suncatchers – Puppet Show
A Very Pine Day
Characters: Reddy Red Squirrel, Hemlock Branch, Spruce Branch, Fir Branch, Pine Branch.
Reddy Red Squirrel Oh boy, it’s time for lunch! I just have to find a kine pone so I can eat some seeds.
Hemlock Don’t you mean find a pinecone?
Squirrel Of course! Find a pinecone. That’s what I said…I think. Anyway, now I’ve found one, right here on your branch.
Hemlock No, you haven’t. I’m not a pine, and this little cone isn’t a pinecone. Continue reading Conifer Clues – Puppet Show
No Two Alike?
Characters: Dust, Tiny Plate, Big Plate, Needle, Column, Capped Column, Stellar Dendrite.
Dust Here I am, a tiny speck of dust floating in a cloud of snow crystals. Yoo hoo. Hello there.
Needle What’s this? A speck of talking dust.
Why, I was once a bit of dust, too.
Dust Really? You look like ice, not dust. Continue reading Snowflakes – Puppet Show
Tracking the Tracker
Characters: Harry Hare, Sally Squirrel, Fiona Fawn, Ollie Otter, Peter Porcupine.
Props: Group of Four Tracks Pattern, Single Line of Tracks Pattern, Paired Tracks of Different Sizes Pattern, Paired Tracks of the Same Size Pattern, Hare Pattern (2X).
Harry Hare (hopping back and forth) Oh boy! Snow on the ground. What fun! (hold up Group of Four Tracks Pattern) Oh, look! Some tracks. Four prints together, then a space, then four more together. Maybe I can find a clue about who made these. Hmm…they go right to a tree. I know! These are squirrel tracks!
Sally Squirrel You’re a good track detective, Harry! Those are my tracks. Continue reading Track Detectives – Puppet Show
Birds of a Feather
Characters: Mrs. Bluebird, Mr. Bluebird, Red-eyed Vireo, Phoebe, Goldfinch
Mrs. Bluebird Well, that’s the last straw!
Mr. Bluebird What is it, my dear? Is something the matter?
Mrs. Bluebird The matter? No, I just said that’s the last straw. I’ve just added the last piece of straw to our nest, and now it’s done.
Mr. Bluebird And a more beautiful nest I’ve never seen. I always admire your great talent in nest building. It must have been hard to learn. Continue reading Feathering the Nest – Puppet Show
Characters: Beulah Bumblebee, Greta Grouse, Wilbur Walkingstick, Farley Fawn, Benny Bagworm, Eddy Eft.
How nice to be a bumblebee,
Flying along as free as free.
Gathering nectar from flowers I see, Continue reading Animal Disguise and Surprise – Puppet Show
Two Lives Are Better than One
Characters: Teddy Toad Tadpole, Freddy Frog Tadpole, Teddy Toad, Freddy Frog, Emmy Eft, Mindy Mink.
Prop: Sign saying “Months Later”
Freddy Tadpole Hello, Teddy Tadpole
Teddy Tadpole Hello, Freddy Tadpole.
Freddy When I grow up, I’m gonna be a frog. I’m not gonna have a tail anymore and I’m gonna have four long legs so I can leap! How about you? Continue reading Frogs and Toads – Puppet Show
A Ferntastic Journey
Characters: Girl, Genie, Ferns: Polypody, Christmas, Interrupted, Ostrich, Hayscented, Lady
Props: Fiddlehead – curl one end of a pipe cleaner into a spiral; magnifying lens.
Girl Oh gee, I’ve been studying ferns all day and I just can’t tell them apart. I wish I had some genius for this kind of thing. (Genie enters) Huh? Who are you?
Genie A genie. That’s who. You said you wanted some kind of a genie and so here I am.
Girl But I said genius. I was talking about ferns. Continue reading Ferns and Fiddleheads – Puppet Show
The Sun is Falling!
Characters: Gracie Grouse, Myrtle Turtle, Honeybee, Rosie Raspberry, Benjy Bear.
Gracie Grouse Squawk, squawk! Look out, look out! The sun is falling! The sun is falling!
Myrtle Turtle: The sun is falling? How do you know, Gracie Grouse?
Grouse How do I know? Why, it was high up above my head just a little while ago. And now look, it’s halfway down the sky. It must be falling down! Continue reading Sunlight and Shadow – Puppet Show