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Make and Take a Puppet

Discover our Indian sanchar rod puppets, hear the story of Rupa the Elephant and her friends.

Then make a rod puppet inspired by the story to take home. This session is suitable for Years 1 and 2. It is not suitable for Nursery age pupils.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about some of our world collection of rod and stick puppets.
  • Look at the different materials used to make puppets and how they work.
  • Understand that puppets are used for communication and storytelling.
  • Develop basic art and craft skills.

The Horniman is an Arts Award Supporter and Artsmark Partner.

Our Make and Take a Puppet sessions can be put towards parts A, B and C of your group’s Discover or Explore awards.

Find out more about Arts Award and Artsmark.

Workshop information

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.

Contact us to make a booking:
020 8291 8686

When you contact us please have ready:

– the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying,

-1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time,

– the number of pupils and adults attending.


Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

The following charges apply:
– 45 minute object handling, Museum and Gardens sessions (up to 30 pupils): £72.50 ex VAT (£87.00 inc VAT) per session
– 30/45 minute object handling sessions for Special Education Needs classes (up to 12 pupils): £36.25 ex VAT (£43.50 inc VAT) per session
– 60 minute Gamelan and 90 minute sessions (up to 30 pupils): £122.50 ex VAT (£147.00 inc VAT) per session.

We offer a bursary.

Planning your visit

See Plan Your Day for other essential information including our Risk Assessment.

We are open from 10am–5.30pm. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge.

Entrance to the Aquarium, Butterfly House and our temporary exhibition Permian Monsters (opens until 3 January 2021) is charged with reduced rates available for school, college, university and nursery groups.

Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.