The Two Oceans Aquarium's fantastic environmental puppet shows are on the road every day to bring exciting characters and valuable lessons to children aged 3 to 9 across the Cape. You can book a visit today!

Download our leaflet to see the details of all six puppet show options.

The puppet show lessons are designed to teach visual, auditory and kinaesthetic skills. Small groups, interaction and the repetition of information in different forms allow all learners the opportunity to understand and remember core messages. Take a look at the lessons on offer:

"I Live Smart"

Introduction & storytime

The storybook is used to introduce the puppet show characters and storyline.

Beauty and Geo love spending time in nature. Join them on a visit to the Aquarium and learn to live smartly by saving water and electricity, protecting biodiversity and managing waste.

What can you do to help?

The puppet show

Smaller groups allow every learner the opportunity to see, hear and engage well.

While at the Aquarium, Beauty and Geo meet some interesting animals like clownfish, sharks, penguins and seals.

Lesson & game time

During lesson time we will learn more about our own indigenous African penguins.

We will then waddle and hop like penguins on land. Put one of the “penguin eggs” between your knees and waddle it safely to the “nest”. Careful not to drop the ball!

Grade 2 and 3 learners are divided into groups. Let’s see which team brings all their eggs to the nest first. Younger learners waddle and hop at their own pace. During game time, we will practice lower muscle strength, gross motor skills, aiming for a target and concentration.

"I Love Turtles"

Introduction & storytime

The storybook is used to introduce the puppet show characters and storyline.

A sneak peek at who will be in the show: Hatch the turtle, Tinks the tortoise, Whiskers the mouse, Edgar the eagle, and do not forget about our special birthday girl, who makes some choices to help turtles!

The puppet show

Smaller groups allow every learner the opportunity to see, hear and engage well.

Hatch the turtle still has lots to learn about the world. Join him as he meets a tortoise, faces the dangers of an eagle, and ventures into the sea. Here he will meet a leopard catshark and a wise old mommy turtle on her way to lay eggs.

Lesson & game time

We learn about Aquarium turtle, Bob, and all the marine debris he ingested.

Have you seen how big an eagle feather is? Are you a turtle or a tortoise? During game time, we will practice balance, lower muscle strength, gross motor skills, aiming for a target and concentration. We target throw bean bags and walk the line while balancing the bags on our heads. Grade 2 and 3 learners are divided into groups. Let us see if Team Turtle or Team Tortoise will finish the challenge first. Younger learners will finish the challenge at their own pace.

"Keep the Beach Clean"

Introduction & storytime

The storybook is used to introduce the puppet show characters and storyline.

Why did Sally the Seal eat the plastic bag? You might be able to see the difference between a plastic bag and a squid, but seals cannot.

The puppet show

Smaller groups allow every learner the opportunity to see, hear and engage well.

Sally the Seal mistakes a plastic bag for a squid and eats it. Meet all her friends as they try to help her get the plastic bag out of her throat.

Lesson & game time

During this time, we will discuss the difference between a plastic and a reusable bag.

We will also clean up litter from the ocean whilst playing a fun magnetic fishing game; we’ll practice hand-eye coordination and concentration. Grade 2 and 3 learners are divided into color coded teams. Let’s see which team picks up the most litter! Younger learners can fish at their own pace.

"My Wild Pets"

Introduction & storytime

The storybook is used to introduce the puppet show characters and storyline.

Learn how to love, respect and care for all animals, wild and pets. Also learn about sea stars as we meet one who journeys from the ocean to the Aquarium - becoming an ocean ambassador.

The puppet show

Smaller groups allow every learner the opportunity to see, hear and engage well.

We will meet the sea star and Hermit McDermitt, the hermit crab. We will see how Geo and Beauty take care of their pets, and see the wild animals in and around their homes. Don’t forget to say “Hello” to Olita the owl too.

Lesson & game time

During lesson time, we will divide animals between pets and wild animals.

Then we will use our imagination as we look at what our pets need. We will take the little sausage dog for a visit to the Vet and a walk in the park. We will brush his coat and make sure he has food. He is always keen for some love and cuddles too! Remember that cleaning up after your pet is also important.

"Water Cycle Adventure"

Introduction & storytime

The storybook is used to introduce the puppet show characters and storyline.

A sneak peek at who will be in the show: Thalie and her friend, Geo. Sunny, Fluffy the cloud, The Wind, Amanzi the raindrop and The Big Old Tree, Uncle Mthi.

The puppet show

Smaller groups allow every learner the opportunity to see, hear and engage well.

Join Thalie and Geo as they go on an imaginary journey and learn about where our water comes from. Sunny, Fluffy, Amanzi and Uncle Mthi teach us about evaporation, condensation and precipitation.

Lesson & game time

We will have a quick look at the uses of water in our daily lives.

Then we will “save water” by keeping all the “water droplets” in the “pond” while playing a fun parachute game. This game will practice balance, concentration and social skills as teamwork is key to keeping all the balls on the parachute. Grade 2 and 3 learners are divided into teams, let us see which team drops the least balls. Younger learners play at their own leisure.

"Wetlands, not Wastelands"

Credit: Peter Ryan

Introduction & storytime

The storybook is used to introduce the puppet show characters and storyline.

Is Plucky the Pelican’s story real? We pose the question and present evidence that even though the puppet show is a fun story, it is also reality, and therefore requires action from everyone.

The puppet show

Smaller groups allow every learner the opportunity to see, hear and engage well.

While at the wetlands, puppet Thalie shares a story she wrote about a brave pelican called Plucky.

Lesson & game time

During lesson time we will look at the cycle of rubbish, and the difference between putting rubbish in a bin and recycling it.

We follow Thalie as she visits the shop. At home, she puts some packaging into a bin and recycles the rest. From there we visit the landfill site and recycling plant to complete the cycle. Our trucks and props will make learning fun.

How to book a mobile puppet show visit

Booking a visit is easy! Here is how you can do it:

  • Give us a call on 021 814 4559 to secure a visit from our traveling puppet show, or with any questions you may have.
  • Or download this booking form, fill it in and email it to us at puppetbooks@aquarium.co.za.
  • When we visit each child will watch the puppet show, participate in lesson/game time, and receive their own storybook to take home for R48 each.

Beauty, Geo, Thalie, Sally the Seal, Peter the Penguin, Bruce the Shark, Tinks the Tortoise, and many, many more amazing characters can't wait to visit your school, creche, ECD centre or children's group!

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