Chief Imagination Officer, The Creativity Institute
Gwynn Torres, founder of The Creativity Institute, is a career advertising writer and creative director, Grammy nominated songwriter/musician and parent of two creative children. In creating scripts and articles for The Creativity Institute, she has focused her talents on delighting children while including educational value.
Gwynn has written several articles on child creativity and created original puppet scripts to make it easy for children to put on their own shows. Gwynn also writes a blog on child creativity covering insights and tips on making your children more creative.
Puppet Show Scripts
"Friends Are as Friends Do" (Anti-Bullying) demonstrates the positive behavior support message of how being nice gets more friends than being a bully. Four parts. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
"Get in Line, One at a Time" demonstrates the positive behavior support message of how the friends don't get anything done trying to all push at the same time. Four parts. 3 to 4 minutes.
"At the Doctor's Office" puppet show is a comedy show that's sure to get a laugh because it's 25 jokes, one after the other. Five parts. 5 to 6 minutes.
"Good News, Bad News" features 10 different neighborhood occupations in a humorous quick-moving skit. As each puppet encounters the next on the street, they exchange an original “good news, bad news” joke. 5 to 6 minutes.
"Parent’s Day" is a humorous skit with parents coming to class to describe their occupations. And when something goes wrong, children learn even more. Five parts - teacher, fireman, chef, nurse and postal worker. 2 to 3 minutes.
"It's Not Easy Being Blue" shows what happens when the Wizard is ignored. The role of the monster is not written to be scary, is a nice, misunderstood monster. Four parts - Prince, Princess, Wizard and Monster. 4 to 5 minutes.
"Peter Pan Gets Hungry" is based on the traditional characters. Four parts - Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the Crocodile - 3 1/2 to 4 minutes.
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is an original script adaptation of the classic story, written especially for the puppet stage. 3 1/2 to 4 minutes.
"The Circle of the Wetlands" communicates the value of the wetlands to the planet. The puppets can’t agree whether water, land or are more important, until Frog explains that they all are. Four parts. 3 to 4 minutes.
"The Frog and the Alligator" is based on the Aesop's Fable story of "The Lion and the Mouse," but features characters from the Gulf South. Two parts and narrator. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Due to the popularity of our original adaptations of Aesop's Fables stories for the puppet stage, The Creativity Institute writers have developed original "Gwynn's Fables" in the same style. Each simple, easy-to-read script communicates an important "moral" lesson.
Gwynn's Fable "First Things First (Don't Procrastinate)" demonstrates the disadvantages of procrastination. Monkey put off building his sled and then isn't ready when snow falls. 3 to 4 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "Fair Offers (Cooperation)" has the animals realizing that a fair in a neighboring town happens too soon to travel to, unless they all pitch in using their individual skills. Includes a two and four-part version. 1/2 to 2 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "Out of the Box (Imagination)" shows four different animals coming upon an empty box, and each recognizing a different use for it. 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "Trading Places (Look Before you Leap.)" When the horse hears of the attractive features of the mouse's house he insists they trade, sight unseen, only to later discover how small it is. Two parts, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "No Excuses (You can't succeed if you don't try)" demonstrates the value of not giving up and trying your best. Two parts and narrator. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "What a Pal! (Fair Weather Friends)" shows how Lion learns who his real friends are when he stops treating them to fun things and asks for a favor. Four parts and narrator. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "To Tell the Truth" (Honesty)." When Froggie dishonestly takes all the credit for helping out, he has the tables turned when Teacher figures it out. Four parts and narrator. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "The Fun of the Game (You Don't Have to Win Everything)" shows how the others still respect Lion when he doesn't win everything he expects to. Three parts and narrator. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "Just Say ‘Thanks’(Appreciation)" demonstrates how easy it is to take someone help for granted. Three parts. 3 to 4 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "Ice Cream Day (Be Flexible)" demonstrates the importance of not being too picky. Four parts. 3 to 4 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "You Can Do it (Determination)" demonstrates how focusing and working hard can provide the results you want, even at the last minute. Four parts. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Gwynn's Fable "Long Lines ( Patience)" shows when one of the characters doesn't want to wait in long lunch lines, he misses out on what he really wanted, until he learns his lesson. Four parts. 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
Aesop’s Fables Adaptations
These four puppet show scripts are adapted especially for the puppet stage by The Creativity Institute. The "morals of the puppet shows stories" of these fables are clearly brought out through these contemporary, original, humorous adaptations.
Puppet show scripts included in this collection are:
The Mouse and the Lion (Little friends can be true friends.)
The Hare and the Tortoise (Slow and steady wins the race.)
The Fox and the Grapes (It's easy to dislike what you can't get.)
The Fox Who Had Lost His Tail (Distrust advice given selfishly.)