General Theme and Holiday Shows
Let Merlajean mesmerize your students with some of her 93 stories!
General Theme Shows:
These six shows have stories that children know (such as "The Three Little Pigs" or "The Enormous Turnip") and stories that they don't know (such as "The Squeaky Door" or "There Was an Old Man who Swallowed a Toad" ). These stories can also create themed shows—shows about animals, food, insects, stories from around the world, and more.
Shows include a series of short stories, each using a different type of puppet—shadow, swallow, puppdoll, box theater, and more. Most puppets are handmade and some can be made by children. Shows may also contain flannel board stories, cut and tell stories, string stories, songs and more.
If you’d like, Merlajean can end the show with a story that uses a puppet that the children can make. Some schools have Merlajean stay to help make the puppets, but it’s not necessary. If you prefer to have the children make a puppet without Merlajean, she will send a list of materials to have on hand, and will explain to the class how to make the puppet.
General Theme Shows are appropriate for Pre-K through grade Six.
Halloween - Cute, non-scary stories about a little girl dressed up to look like a witch, a monster who is afraid of himself when wearing a Halloween mask, and a ghost who goes trick or treating. The show ends with Witch’s Brew being made on an overhead projector.
Thanksgiving - In this show, one Native American story is told—the rest are about turkeys and food. There’s a story about a turkey who eats too many lollipops, a boy who eats too much turkey, and more. This show has both a draw and tell and a cut and tell story.
Christmas - Along with winter stories (see below), there’s a story about a mouse choosing a Christmas tree, and a story about an elf, reindeer, Mrs. Clause and, of course, Santa. Where appropriate, the story of Jesus’ birth is told with an unusual doll puppet.
Valentine's Day - These stories are mostly about parent/child love. One of children’s favorites is ‘I Want Another Mother’ which is about a mouse who wants another bedtime kiss. There’s also a story about a child who eats all of her Mother’s Valentine’s candy, and who wants to give her Daddy a BIG cut-out heart.
St. Patrick's Day - Children love these stories about a leprechaun who tricks an old woman out of finding his gold, how one boy spent his pot of gold, and making a wish on a rainbow.
Winter Stories - Exciting stories about a crazy sled ride, a strange penguin, and melting snowmen.
Religious Education - These favorite Bible stories make it rain on the children during the story of Noah’s Ark, has a shadow story of The Creation, and more.
Stories Told by Merlajean:
The Hungry Thing (garbage can)
Red Riding Hood (turn about doll)
Herman the Worm (slinky)
The Squeaky Door (flannel board)
Today is Monday (Swallow)
Everybody knows the rules (misc.)
The Wild Toboggan Ride (stick)
The Little Red Hen (finger)
On Our Way to the North Pole (misc.)
Too Noisy (clothespin)
Naughty Marissa (nesting dolls)
The Chalkbox Story (flip chart with Fingerpuppets)
The Enormous Turnip (stick)
3 Bear’s Rap (turn about doll)
Johnny Cake (shadow)
The Three Pigs (clothespin)
The Turtle’s Picnic (flip chart with hand puppet)
I’m Bringing Home (misc.)
The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (swallow)
The Lion and the Mouse (shadow)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (swallow and shadow)
Sam’s Sandwich (milk carton)
Baby Monkey Cut and Tell (scissors story)
5 Little Monkey’s Swinging on a Tree (swallow)
I’ve got a Mouse (string story)
If You Give A Mouse a Cookie (flannel board)
How the Rooster Saved the Day (hand and finger)
I Want Another Mother (misc.)
The Runaway Bunny (stick)
Skinamarinka/song (hand and stick)
The Snake that Sneezed (flip chart)
Bennie’s Pennies (flannel board)
Oh I Wish I Were (misc.)
The Gunnywolf (milk carton and lunch bag)
There Was an Old Man Who Swallowed a Toad (swallow)
All the Way Home (stick)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider/song (hand)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Apron)
Old MacDonald (Misc.)
How the Pig got a Curly Tail (shadow)
The Frog Prince (shadow)
Tacky the Penguin (cup)
Noah’s Ark (stick)
The Creation (Shadow)
The Story of Jesus’ Birth (doll)
Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing (flannel board)
Who is the King of the Kingdom/song
Love Grows (scissor story)
Froggy Gets Dressed (flannel board)
The Wild Toboggan Ride (stick)
5 Little Snowmen Fat/song (glove)
Grandpa’s Farm ( hand)
Barn in the country (fl bd)
Jack/Beanstalk (Cut and Tell)
Brown Bear (apron)
Today is Mon
This list does not include stories/songs from the Halloween, Thanksgiving or St. Patrick’s Day Shows.