Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Children

How It Works

Puppet Academy is a child-led tool that fosters social communication with meaningful content that is planned and delivered by their team through short, improv performances. It integrates the 4C’s: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication.

Developed by a speech-language pathologist and educator with over 70 years of experience, Puppet Academy stimulates critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and social communication development.

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My student got the hang of it right away and immediately started creating scenes with the puppets, while I was getting used to the parameters of the product. They instinctively know how to interact with Puppet Academy.

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– Tina B.

“ My student got the hang of it right away and immediately started creating scenes with the puppets, while I was getting used to the parameters of the product. They instinctively know how to interact with Puppet Academy”

– Tina B.

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Connect to Kids in a New Way

Puppet Academy provides a platform for kids to create their own puppet show. The multiplayer option can be used in the clinic, school, home and virtually!

What you will need

To use Puppet Academy, you will need:
  • A desktop or laptop computer
  • A high-speed internet connection
  • One controller per user up to 4 (XBox or PS4)
  • An emailed Puppet Academy Beta invitation (contact us to request one)
You might also wish to have:
  • Computer headphones
  • Friends or colleagues to create stories with
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An ‘education’ tool for children ages 6-14

Players plan their performance, choose a scene, puppets, topic narrative, storyboard template and execute a short improv performance. Children team together to develop the play plan, control the action, speak through their puppet and jointly execute their performance! 

Currently, there are 7 puppets with different functions that can create numerous stories, practices and conversations.

A storyboard template guides children to create their own performance. Children call Puppet Academy ‘a game’ and ask to play it again and again. Puppet play is a tool for positive, healthy interactions. And it’s fun!

Puppet Academy’s live student-led performances are engaging, entertaining and motivating.

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Puppet Academy Features:

  • Single or multi-player for teams 2 – 4
  • Online multi-player option to connect virtually
  • Performances at home, office, or school – on-site or virtually
  • Recording/playback for sharing strategies with families, other professionals, and students
  • Puppets are gender, race and age neutral to stimulate imagination
  • An easy-to-use controller interface that activates positive engagement
  • Not a game – a tool that enables active learning and social participation
  • Family partners view professional strategies and use modelling to create their own performances

Puppet Academy is in beta and launching soon. Join our waitlist to get updates on features, development, and availability.

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Meet the Puppets

Puppet Academy is a way for children to express themselves through the use of Unique Puppet characters to create your own novel performance every time. Characters have different animation features. Children provide the conversation! It’s their performance from beginning to end!

(Hover Puppets below for a Hello! )

Mr. Noname: (“Mr No-Na-Mee”):

Mr. Noname has one large, expressive eyeball, a hinged jaw for speaking and is easily excitable. Can rotate on its axis and spin around.
Flarzak:
With expressive body language and ears that perk up when listening. Flarzak emotes primarily through body language and is the most emotionally sensitive of the characters.

CeeBee:

With it’s giant expressive eyes, CeeBee can fly and has a wide ranging viewplane ‘to see’ more than other characters. CeeBee remembers everything it sees!

Art:

Art has more rigid movement with an intense, but sincere face. Art’s structure is determined and specific yet flexibly responsive to contribute directly within the play.

Zez:

Zez has wee flappy hands and is a big energetic talker with twinned antennae for reading the room. Zez is carefree, fun-loving yet empathetic.

SpaceBot:

SpaceBot hovers rather than grounded and has special assets such as magnetic hands and a digital face. SpaceBot does not feel things the same way as its organic friends but does have feelings that are real.

Draper:

Draper plays a director’s role in full foreground to open/close scenes with eyes and smile. Draper can act as a narrator, face the audience or act as a guide to puppets to maintain topic, commentary and expand stories.

Try Puppet Academy Today!
Whether you are looking for a fun and engaging family digital product for playing at home, a health professional looking to extend clinical strategies with family partners, or an educator seeking to advance curricular outcomes.