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Puppeting Purim (and Other Holiday Stories)


In this 100-minute intergenerational program, families with children ages 5–9 bring the story of Purim to life by creating and using puppet characters. This program can be adapted for Passover, Hanukkah, and other holiday stories with dramatic characters.

The goals are to:

  • Engage in a creative and fun Jewish learning experience as a family (children, parents, grandparents, other family members).
  • Become familiar with the Purim story and the names of the characters.
  • Use puppets for a participatory storytelling experience that can build the storyteller’s confidence as they bring the story to life.

The 10-page guide includes:

  • Materials, room setup, and timing
  • Full script for the program leader, including:
  • Kid-friendly videos of the Purim story
  • Prompts for family discussion of the story
  • How to create the Purim puppets
  • Techniques to put on a Purim puppet show
  • Ideas for other holiday puppets
  • Advance and follow-up emails

Written by Dr. Penny Joel

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