Correct operation of a hand puppet

Today I helped out with the Vacation Bible School/children’s ministry.  They taught the school kids songs, gave them little gifts, and performed a puppet show.  My job for the day was to be in the puppet chorus.  The audio for the show is prerecorded so we only had to “act.”

My puppet looked a bit like Ernie from Sesame Street. I can’t remember the last time I acted with a puppet.  I didn’t have any training.  So I totally overlooked the fact that not only could I open and close the mouth, but I could also operate the arms, had I the wherewithal to stick fingers in the arm holes.

It wasn’t until after the puppet show that I realized the additional expressive abilities available through the arms.  Next time, I’ll know.