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Hi!  Here are some details about myself:
My name is: Hank & Darlene Brooks
My e-mail address:
I have a home page at:
My occupation (when I'm not doing puppets!) is: Retired
My approximate age is: 60+
I live in the state of:
... in the country of: United States
Here's some information about my church or puppetry organisation:
My organisation's name is: Grandma & Grandpa's Puppet Time
My organisation's website is at:
Some of My Puppetry Background
Q: Why do you write puppet scripts? What motivates you?
Darlene and I have been doing puppet plays and singing songs for pre-school kids for at since the mid 1970's. Our interest has been re-kindled as our grandkids enter this age group.
Q: Tell us about your church or puppet organisation.
Our group consists of Darlene and myself along with our daughter, Connie (the one who gave us grandkids). Our plays use hand puppets and we use large animal marionette puppets to engage the kids before and after the puppet plays.
Q: How did you get started in puppets and what attracted you to this area?
We started by singing songs to kids at Sunday School. A natural extension seemed to be to use puppets to tell simple stories and sing along to our songs.
Q: Where does your inspiration come from to write puppet scripts?
First I become aware of the need for a particular type of play, usually from our religious program. Then my wife and I kick around how we could simply tell this story so it will be understood by kids. We check this web site for ideas. We look for a "hook" or clever way to get our point(s) across.
Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in puppetry?
Have fun, keep it light and simple and borrow ideas liberally. Don't try to re-invent the wheel or use plays exactly as written. Look for useful ideas and adapt them to your needs. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Go for it!
Q: Who are your favourite puppet characters and what do you like about them?
I like our grandma & grandpa puppets (maybe because I'm a grandpa myself) because they enter a script to impart wisdom and settle thing down when the puppets are creating chaos.
Q: What are the most important qualities in great puppet scripts?
Remember your play must speak to your audience! The play should have a simple message which has a moral, be fairly easy to execute and be fun - both for you and the audience.
Q: What would you do if you were a puppet?
I would love to be a silly puppet that makes the little kids giggle. It would be great fun to see the smiles on their faces.
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1. Christmas - Jesus' Birthday by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.4 , Votes: 7

Santa and grandpa teach children the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus' birthday. It also portrays why we give gifts on Christmas because of the gift which Jesus gave us.
Keywords: Christmas  Jesus  
2. Choices by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 8.0 , Votes: 7

Two puppets go thru school life making choices - most of them bad. Finally they get good advice from grandma who says that when making choices they should ask themselves, "What would Jesus say, what would Jesus do?"
Keywords: Authority  Character  Courage  Failure  Fun  Golden Rule  Jesus  Self-control  
3. Thanksgiving Adventure - Reasons To Be Thankful by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 7.9 , Votes: 9

Two young birds learn that there are many reasons to be thankful in the world.
Keywords: Courage  Fear  Thanksgiving  
4. Forgiveness by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 7.6 , Votes: 7

Two puppets accidentially knock over their grandfather's bee hive. After the bee finishes chasing them around the stage, they are afraid to admit what they did and ask forgiveness. Grandma gives the great advice, "It's not easy to say I'm sorry, but it's good for you." It will set you free.
Keywords: Adversity  Authority  Character  Courage  Fear  Forgiveness  Repentance  Sin  
5. Communion - Food For The Soul by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 7.5 , Votes: 4

Much as our bodies need food to stay healthy, so do our souls/ spriits. The puppets get confused about food for the body and food for the soul until grandpa shares his widsom with them.
Keywords: Bible  Bible Stories  Communion  Eternal Life  Fun  
6. Acts Of Kindness - Helping by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 7.3 , Votes: 7

The Pre Easter, Lenten season is a special time for Acts of Kindness - Helping Others. While looking for others to help, Jennifer finds that the best people to help are her Mom and Dad.
Keywords: Easter  Fun  Generosity  Giving  Helping others  Sacrifice  Selfishness  Sharing  
7. Easter - A Sign Of New Life by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 7.3 , Votes: 4

This interactive play teaches young children that that Easter is a sign of new life. The Easter Bunny (with some mischevious help) delivers eggs to animals in the spring as a sign of new life.
Keywords: Animals  Easter  Fun  Helping others  Responsibility  
8. Halloween Honesty by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 7.3 , Votes: 18

Two young birds learn that honest pays during their Halloween "thick or treat" adventure.
Keywords: Angels  Courage  Devil  Golden Rule  Halloween  Stealing  
9. Jesus You're My Super Hero by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 6.7 , Votes: 1

While the kids know many super heroes (superman, batman, spider man), Jesus is the best super hero because he is always there to answer our prayers and help us with our struggles and problems every day. Story is told as Jesus helps Alex battle the devil.
Keywords: Bible Stories  Devil  Forgiveness  Fun  Golden Rule  Hell  Jesus  Teasing  
10. Search For The Kingdom Of God by Hank & Darlene Brooks Profile available - View script

Rating: 4.3 , Votes: 1

Two young birds (Jake & Squawk) are searching for the Kingdom of God, but they are looking in the wrong places - using their head instead of their heart.
Keywords: Salvation  
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