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Puppet sketches for helping kids remember bible verses (but really just mucking about!)

I was working on a week long kids summer holiday Christian club (for those coming across the pond you may know it as a Vacation Bible School or VBS.) There were several churches working together in Brussels and about 120 children (5-11) PLUS about 20 in the crèche and 37 teenage helpers! It was somewhat hectic.

During the week we wanted to use puppets as we needed to introduce and test the memorisation of a simple Bible verse. So each day I sat down with my kids, worked out some ideas and wrote the following sketches which were then performed excellently by 14 year old Sarah (not my kid) and 13 year old Sam (my kid!). The VBS was made by Group and was the SKY VBS. I recommend it. The verse tested each day comes from the VBS schedule, but it should be straight forward to adapt or change.

If you want to know how it went down and a little of the flavour of the sketches then the following YouTube clip should help!

 (Search to 2 mins 50 for the unmissable part!)

I enjoyed the process so much I thought I would share the sketches. I had not seen the puppets until a day before the VBS and although I did Google for some sketches whilst planning the VBS but found nothing that inspired me. Once I had seen the puppets it was easier to match a character to the puppets and to write for them. I hope this inspires you. I was easier than I expected – I am sure you can write some good sketches too.

The sketches are in Open Document format and in PDF too.

Day 1: Script day 1 pdf: Script day 1

Day 2: Script day 2 pdf: Script day 2

Day 3: Script day 3 pdf:Script day 3

Day 4: Script day 4 pdf:Script day 4

Day 5: Script day 5 pdf:Script day 5

Extra (Sunday Special!) Script Sunday Extra pdf:Script Sunday Extra

You are free to use and adapt these sketches and freely publish them in accordance with Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA 3.0

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