Children learn puppeteering from church's puppet camp

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) --Several kids in our community are getting a unique opportunity to learn about puppeteering during a local puppet project.

The camp which has been going on for the last five years is a week long. United Methodist Church off of Court Street hosts the puppet project for kids in kindergarten all the way up through high school. Organizers say they learn the basic skills of puppeteering for both hand and marionette puppets. Kids also learn about sign language as well. The week long camp ends in a puppet show, which volunteers say really brings out their personalities.

“It's really good to help them with their communication skills. A lot of the kids are shy but as you can see the second you put a puppet on their hand they are not afraid to talk or be in the middle of the spotlight, and it's also just a more friendly way to spread the word with them,” said volunteer Krysta Tilges.

United Methodist Church will be holding a fine arts camp from July 24 through August 4th called the Lion Kings Kids.