Notes for providers, rod puppet workshop:

Running Time – ideally two and a half hours (can be done in two if necessary)

Number of workshops possible in one school day – 2

Maximum number of participants – single class

Ideal age of children – Year 1 to Year 6, younger children will need more adult help with following instructions. This workshop also is fabulous for children with extra support needs and their carers.

Set up time –30 minutes

Space required – classroom art room or hall. We require at least three large tables (or groups of tables) to put materials on. No chairs are required (it is ok if there are chairs there but we will ask children to sit on the floor while listening to instructions and they can work without chairs) We also need a table and at least two chairs near a plug socket for the glue guns.

Parent/staff help required – teaching staff must be present, additional help from parents or volunteers to man the glue guns is really brilliant as it greatly reduces waiting time for the children and allows more time for artistic creativity. Ideally at least two extra helpers, the more the merrier.

Cost (inclusive of VAT and travel within one hour of Lewes, East Sussex):

  • One workshop - £150
  • Two workshops - £200

In conjunction with a show:

  • Show - £300
  • Show and one workshop - £400

(Please note, if school books show as well as workshops there is additional set up time – minimum 2 hours)

Materials charge - £2 per head


Materials for school to provide – some newspaper, if possible, although we can bring it with us if necessary.

DBS and insurance – WishWorks hold enhanced DBS checks and have equity public liability insurance of £5, 000, 000 

Example timetable:


WishWorks (2 people) arrive at school and unload into the hall

9.15 – 10.15 (approx)

Show in the hall for reception – year 6, followed by meet the puppets

10.15 – 11.00

WishWorks strike show from hall

11.00 – 12.00

WishWorks go into class and demonstrate different types of puppets then explain how the rod puppet is made

12.00 – 1.00


1.15 – 3.00

Class remind WishWorks how a puppet is made then make one themselves. Puppetry demonstration by WishWorks followed by hot seating the children’s puppet characters.

3 - 4

WishWorks leave, everybody smiling.