testimonials from puppets plays and story days




"Carol has been a regular visitor to our school for the last few years. Her "Pirate Days" are always a highlight to the term as the children (and staff!) have such a wonderful time. Her mixture of music, story and puppetry make for an ideal, educationally rich experience for young children. That illusive moment of "Awe and Wonder" is always there! Carol is highly flexible and always personilizes her sessions to accommodate our needs. She understands the specific needs for different ages of children and has a keen understanding of how to engage young children. It is always a good day when Carol is at school!"


Mrs J Raimes Year 1, Driffield Church Of England Infant School


"Carol delivered a fabulous Twilight session with her amazing puppets to our Foundation Stage staff. She really brings them to life and gave us an eagerness to 'have a go' ourselves. We loved the practical tips, like how to hold the different animal puppets, where to put your hand within the puppet and slight movements that make all the difference. Even our most reluctant staff members have introduced puppets into their small group work and the children just love it. The Story Sacks transform story telling and we have added more to our collections, and into our areas of provision. Carol is an expert and enchanting to watch and listen to as well as being professional from start to finish, the most enjoyable Twilight session we have had, thank you."


Mrs Radford, Foundation Stage Leader, Carlton Junior & Infant School


"Carol ran a couple of Family Fun Workshops for the PTFA at my children's school. Her ability to engage with both children and adults alike was amazing. She has a real wealth of knowledge and experience, and her enthusiasm is infectious.  A range of puppets were used to engage everyone's imagination. Children were given the opportunity to make their own sock puppet, and parents were given some really useful tips for using puppets to help communicate with their children in a positive way.  I would really recommend her sessions to others. You will learn that there is so much more to using puppets than putting on a puppet show!"


Tamsin Hartley


"Feedback from Casy Training Day - Carol was really interesting and knowledgeable. Thank you enjoyed the day. Wonderful day. I’ve really enjoyed it. Thank you. Really enjoyable and chance to reconnect with my inner child. Excellent fun day I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you. Really enjoyed it, very good."


Neil Hunter, Chief Executive, CASY Counselling And Support For Young People


"Working with Carol Burton from puppetsplaysandstorydays.co.uk continues to be a pleasure and worthwhile experience as Carol is very professional and has a huge selection of puppets and vast experience in puppeteering and delivering training. She has also attended Fortis therapy conferences and workshops sharing knowledge and wisdom in a friendly and enthusiastic manner. I look forward to continuing to working together in the future."


Vicky Elbourne, Director Fortis Therapy and Training Ltd


"Puppets engage young children in exciting and imaginative ways, drawing them into a world of creative possibilities in a very personal way.  Carol is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate about the use of and power of puppets as a teaching and learning resource, which she is able to share with schools and settings through her story based sessions and staff training."


Carolyn Andrew, Early Years Standards and Improvement Officer, Hull


"Carol has delivered excellent sessions on our foster care training and at our recent conference around the power of puppets and worry keepers. Carol is very enthusiastic and her sessions are always lively and very well received. Carol has a vast array of puppets which can be used to interact with children of all ages. Carol’s sessions are always hands on providing tips and techniques when using puppets in areas such as communication, language and social and emotional development. A number of foster carers have purchased the Worry Keepers from Carol and have found these to be a valuable resource for children to write down and discuss their worries with adults."


Kim Dennison, Fostering Development Officer, East Riding of Yorkshire


"Carol has worked at the University of Hull delivering training sessions to social work students as part of a programme which focuses on the use of creative arts in social work practice. Carol enables students to think about the ways in which puppets might be used as a tool for intervention and communication with children and young people. She is enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable and is able to communicate very effectively with students. She puts them at ease and, even for those who are uncertain or anxious about using puppets, is able to quickly build a sense of confidence and skill. She does all this in a professional, yet friendly and accessible, way. Student feedback from the sessions was overwhelmingly positive and we are hoping that Carol will continue to contribute to our teaching programme in future."


Dr Liz Price, Professor Liz Walker