Puppet Video


A puppet video is a short skit or story created with virtual or real puppets.


Initial Setup

  1. If you’re going to use virtual puppets, download a puppet video app.
  2. If you’re going to use real puppets, you’ll need to borrow or purchase finger puppets and setup your recording area. A table with an uncluttered background works well, and a tripod is recommended. You can use an external video camera or a built-in laptop video camera. iPad cameras can work well too.
  3. Create an account on a video sharing website where you’ll upload and share your videos.

Ongoing Use

  1. Plan and storyboard your video. Optionally, create a script.
  2. Record and export/compress your video.
  3. Upload your video to a sharing site.


Virtual Puppet Apps for iPad

  1. Toontastic (free – web-based or app versions available)
  2. Puppet Pals Director’s Pass HD ($3, recommended) or Puppet Pals Pocket (free)
  3. Sock Puppets (free but in-app purchases required for extra features)
  4. iStopmotion for iPad ($10, similar to puppet video apps but different)

Video sharing sites

  1. YouTube
  2. Vimeo


  1. A Spanish Language Dialog Puppet Project (finger puppets)
  2. Santa Goes to Washington DC (Puppet Pals)
  3. Yakkinn: Monique, Amy and Jema (Puppet Pals)
  4. Lessons Learned from GPS (finger puppets)
  5. Pray Consistently to God (finger puppets)
  6. More on share.playingwithmedia.com

* Image attribution: Digital drawing created by Wesley Fryer on Brushes for iPad

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    • Tannis on August 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm
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    This is really interesting and I have really enjoyed looking through it! However, about half of the articles just say “text” where the useful information would be. Is there something wrong on my end?

      • on September 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm
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      I drafted this page today! I’ll be adding more in the weeks and months ahead, but hopefully these links and examples will get you started.

    • Penny Ellin on September 6, 2012 at 2:16 am
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    Some great puppet apps that I have been using in my Indonesian lessons are Story maker HD and puppet pals HD. We also like using Toontastic to create our own animated texts. bagus sekali!

      • on September 6, 2012 at 8:17 am
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      I still have 4 of these to finish up – I’m working on getting them finished in the next couple weeks. This fall I’m also adding videos to each one. I have 8 of the 12 drafted at this point… this is one I still need to finish, however.

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