Children show creativity at Puppet Maker workshops

February 25, 2014 - 4:51:57 am

Officials and children taking part in one of the Puppet Maker workshops.

Doha: Qatar National Library (QNL) recently organised ‘Puppet Maker’ in collaboration with Qatar Foundation Community Services and Qatar Museums Authority Family Programmes. 

The event was held for children aged 4-11 years.

The event was part of the Makers. It was held throughout the weekend and included workshops across Doha, in collaboration with cultural and educational institutions. 

The event aimed to teach children the basics of puppet-making from simple materials to portray their fantasy story with their favourite characters and create their puppet shows, allowing them to push their creative and imaginative boundaries and experience joy.

Children were also given a ‘Thank you’ letter, acknowledging their creativity and participation. 

Carol Mitchell, Head of Children’s Services at QNL, said: “Creativity and storytelling are important for developing and encouraging love of reading in children, and QNL and Qatar Foundation Community Services are excited to have provided Makers at QF Recreation Centre in Education City. “Giving children the opportunity to make their puppets and create shows is not only fun, it also builds their narrative skills.”

Jessica Ludwig, Head of Families at QMA, said: “Puppets are a creative and hands-on way to tell stories. 

“The Makers offered families the chance to show skills and imagination, crafting puppets and telling stories inspired by Qatar’s mangroves, museum collections, artists, their lives, and more.”

QNL is offering free online access to resources, including latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries. Parents can use the databases aimed for children, which include children’s electronic books and magazines, as well as audio materials. 

Anyone living in Qatar and have a valid ID/residence permit is eligible for free library registration. To register, visit

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