Storytelling through PuppetPals

The Enormous Crocodile using Puppet Pals




Suitable for:

All primary as it can be adapted to suit.

What you need:

iPad with PuppetPals app, access to images.

What you do:

We worked in a group of three and decided to use The Enormous Crocodile story to animate using PuppetPals on an iPad. This app allows you to have up to eight characters and five scenes; all of which you can create yourself.

We used the camera on the iPad to take photographs for relevant scenes of the story e.g. a muddy brown river. We also took photographs of animal puppets for the characters in the story. We liked the contrast between realistic scenes and puppet characters.

Next, we decided on the script; a shorter version of the story and jotted this down. We had a narrative to accompany each scene, using all of the characters. All of us had a part to play  including introducing the story, narrating and operating the iPad; selecting scenes and moving characters. It was great to be able to move the characters in so many ways, including: rotating, flipping, shrinking, enlarging and moving them wherever by simply dragging them!

What will children learn:

  • Hand and eye coordination
  • Communication skills: speaking and listening, writing, reading
  • Storytelling: sequencing events, narratives
  • Social skills: working in a team, taking turns
  • Creative thinking and use of imagination
  • ICT skills: using an ipad.

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