Sandy Arnold compiled a very detailed variety of posts on storytelling in the library with puppets. Below are a few highlights. Two websites you might find useful are Danielle's Place which gives good directions for making your own puppets, and Jan Brett's website which includes graphics to make into stick puppets to tell THE MITTEN.
1. PK-3rd grade students love puppets.
2. Puppets with soft moveable mouths work best when used to give directions, ask questions, or read from the book...
3. Using puppets to help kids learn to read and pronounce words can be a good tool.
4. Having the kids make up voices for the puppets can make it more fun for them to learn words or scripts for telling stories.
5. Having the puppet "whisper" in your ear instead of talking out loud to the kids while teaching can help them stay quiet and focused while they're trying to hear the puppet talk to you.
6. If you want to use the puppet just for yourself to teach and give instructions, don't let the kids hold and manipulate it. That can make the puppet lose some of the "magic" that it has for the kids.
7. Hold the puppet up so everyone can see.
8. Don't turn your back on the audience.
9. Hold the puppet still so everyone can see it.
10. Stick puppets can be made by gluing pictures to popsicle sticks.
11. Puppets can be made with felt, paperbacks, socks, pictures, popsicle sticks, yarn (for hair), googly eyes, play clothing, etc....
12. Involve the audience as trees or wind to help them stay focused.
13. Use finger puppets to have more characters per person.
14. To draw the kids' interest, use puppet theaters.
15. When having the kids put on their own skits, find scripts that are very familiar to the kids or repeat often so the kids won't have to focus on the lines as much as manipulating their characters.