Puppet Skit FAQ's
|How to Purchase
How to Download
How to Search Using Keywords and Categories
Copying & Editing
Individual Puppet Skits & Sets
Puppets in your Program
I found a puppet skit I'd like to
buy but don't know how to get started. What do I do first?
When you have found an item you would like to purchase, click on the
to Cart link or the Cart symbol
associated with the item. The item will be added to your Shopping Cart and your Shopping Cart
will be displayed. Then click on either the Purchase by Credit Card
button or the Purchase by Mail button and follow the
|For full details on how to
purchase skits, check out the Purchasing/Shopping
Cart info page.
do I receive/download my puppet skit after I've purchased it?
skits are downloaded online and can be download within
minutes of purchase if using a credit card.
|For full details on how
to Download a skit, check out the Downloading
Search Using Key Words and Categories
|I'm looking for a
skit on a certain topic. How can I find it quickly on your site?
The fastest way to find a skit on a particular
topic is to do a "search" on that subject. The
"Search" button is found at the top right corner of each page,
underneath the picture of the shopping cart.
Simply type in the word of the topic you are
looking for (ex. love, joy, Peter, Christmas etc.) and hit the
"Search Skits" button. A list of matches for your word
will be displayed. The word will be in bold and underlined. For
example, if you type in the word "Ruth" the following will
Friends (Comedy/Drama) - Drama Skit
||Theme-The friendship of Ruth and Naomi;
loyalty; God provide...
||Summary-..ls the story of Naomi and Ruth,
from a simple viewpoint. ...
||Excerpt-.. Kilion married a woman named Ruth.
(Ruth enters and stands next t...
The search will display the title of the skit and
tell you what kind of skit it is, whether a drama skit, puppet skit,
narrative, monologue etc. It will then either display the word in
the Theme (key words that describe the skit); in the Summary or the
Excerpt (a sample). The word you searched on will be surrounded by
several other words so you can see the context in which the word was
To see if a skit fits the criteria you are
looking for, simply click on the title of the skit (on the first line) to
view a detailed summary and the full excerpt. (In the above example,
you would click on "Loyal Friends" in bright blue.)
noticed a list of Skit Categories on the left side of the Drama and Puppet
Skit pages. What are those used for?
These are a list of categories we have put
together to group skits with an overall common theme that can be seen at a
quick glance. For instance, if you click on the main category "Children"
all the skits pertaining to that category will be displayed.
What if I don't know what category my topic is
Simply type in your topic in the "Search
Skits" area (top right corner of any web page) and a list of matches
for your word/topic will be displayed. (See example to the left
for full instructions on searches.)
many copies of the puppet skit can I make after I've downloaded it?
Once you buy a skit you are free to make as many copies as you
need. However, please only distribute the copies within your own group
or organization. You have permission to copy the skit for your own
needs, but you may not sell or give the skit away to anyone else.
|Can I change or edit
the puppet skit without getting into copyright issues?
If you'd like to
change or edit a skit, feel free to do so, however, please retain the information listed at the
bottom of each skit, including my name and website. If you do change
large portions of the skit's content, include something like "Based on an
original script by Rayeann Longwell, from www.skitsandstuff.com"
or "based on an idea from Rayeann Longwell at www.skitsandstuff.com,"
at the bottom of your page. You may not sell
the changed scripts without violating copyright laws.
Puppet Skits & Sets
can't I buy a skit that is part of a set/series?
Usually skits that are part of a set build upon
each other from week to week and purchasing one without the context of the
others will not make sense to the audience.
|Is it ever
possible to buy one skit instead of the whole series?
Yes, in some cases where the skits may be part of
a central theme but that don't necessarily build on one another. The
sets/series will indicate whether or not one skit can be purchased
separately or must be purchased as a complete set.
|Puppets in your Program
is the advantage to using puppets in my program?
Puppets are a great way to introduce stories to children because the characters
can be very "animated" and can possess capabilities that human actors
can't. Puppets are very versatile. Also, puppets seem to relate to
children on "their" level, and can be entertaining as well as
Using puppets instead of actors can also make your program
easier, since scripts can be taped to the puppet stage and actors can read
the skit instead of having to memorize lengthy lines. It is
often easier to recruit puppeteers instead of "on-stage" actors for
Puppeteers can also be more flexible, since anyone can fill
in when needed, due to sickness or other necessary absence. Using puppets also
allows people who might be more hesitant to appear in front of an audience, the
opportunity to hide behind a man-made stage.
What if I don't want to use puppets in my program?
If using puppets does not fit within your
program, you can still
use our children's curriculum since the puppets are not necessary in order to teach the
lesson. The puppet skits in our material are used as an
introduction to the lesson being taught that day--they do not actually teach
the material being covered, so the lessons and activities used with our
curriculum can be taught with or without the puppets. The
only exception to this may be the "Time to Believe" VBS
curriculum, since the puppets are used to tell the entire Bible story.
However, real people could be used in place of puppets.
Can I use real people instead of puppets?
stand in for a puppet as long as he or she can read!
long are your puppet skits?
Skits vary in length but in general run from 3-5
minutes. Anything longer than that and you will find your arm
burning from fatigue!
noticed the Time to Believe VBS set has puppets telling the whole
Bible story for the evening. Doesn't that take longer than the 3-5
Yes it does and if you plan on using that
particular VBS, we would recommend getting your arm in shape before
attempting to perform that series of puppet skits.
(You can get your arm in shape by practicing with
the puppets every day by holding up your arm and making the mouth move. Or
by holding up your hand with a rubber band around your fingers to simulate
the mouth movement of the puppet.)
never worked with a puppet before. Are there any type of special skills I
The hardest part about working a
puppet is the ability to hold your arm up and move the mouth for an
extended period of time. It's a lot harder than it looks and if you're arm
isn't in shape you will become discouraged quickly.
can I get my arm into shape when working with puppets?
We would recommend practicing with the puppet
every day by holding up your arm and making the mouth move. Or you
can hold up your hand with a rubber band around your fingers and make your
fingers move, to simulate the mouth movement of the puppet. Doing these
exercises every day for 5 minutes will help get the puppeteering muscles
on a tight budget and don't have money for a lot of complicated costumes
and props. Will there be a lot of outside cost for these items with your
No. We try to keep things simple,
generally things you can easily find within your own home. How
simple or elaborate you get with the props and costumes is up to
have to create any special scenery or backgrounds for your puppet skits?
Not unless you want to. The setting of each skit will give you an idea of the
overall look and feel of the skit but how simple or elaborate you choose
to get with the scenery, stage, costumes, props etc. is completely up to
Do you sell any kind of CD's with recorded voices
for the puppet characters already on them?
At this time, no I don't. I've considered
it as an option for the future but at this time I don't possess the
equipment for that kind of capability.
you sell puppets?
At this time, no I don't.
Where can I find puppets?
are many places to find puppets using the web. Just do a search on puppets and
a long list will come up. Here are a few (click on the links below to go
directly to their home pages):
One Way Street
stages are expensive. How can I make my own?
are many places to find puppets stages using the web. If buying one doesn't
fit your budget, do a search on "puppet stage building plans" and a
long list will come up. Here are a couple (click on the links below to
go directly to their home pages):
Kids 4 God
possible to get a refund on Puppet Skits?
skits are downloaded electronically (online through the web) we cannot
issue a refund once the skit has been downloaded.
under extenuating circumstances will a refund be issued for skits.