• A 3-hour workshop held during School Holidays a couple of times each year.

Date & Time:

  • This workshop is next offered on 1 Oct 2022, 11:00am-2:00pm.


  • Loco the Taco is coming to explore the kitchen with all the creative tools he’s got! We will learn how to use different materials such as foam and felt to design and create a puppet character. We will create a muppet (mouth puppet) and learn how to move the puppets in short scenes. A creative arts school holiday workshop for kids aged 8-14 years. No previous art experience necessary. All materials included. This course is offered as an in-person workshop only. Please bring a packed lunch.

For Parents:

  • Check in and check out system

  • Consent forms for parents to sign

  • When registering an 8 year old, please be advised that one caregiver needs to stay with and supervise their child throughout the duration of the workshop. 9-14 year olds do not need to be supervised.

  • Please pack a lunch for your child

  • Our teachers have Police Vetting clearance

  • For multiple children, parents will need to register for each child separately. Please register in the child's name and you can use your email address and credit card during checkout. Our apologies for this inconvenience as this is a limitation of the software: each registered child needs to be named separately. Please contact us at if you are uncertain how to proceed.

Meet our Instructor:

Puppeteer-in-Residence, Puppet Education Specialist, Hebrew Instructor Ifat Vayner-Itzkovitch

Shalom! שלום ! My name is Ifat Vayner-Itzkovitch, and I have been living in New Zealand for the past few years. I’m a Puppeteer and a Hebrew teacher, a mother of two amazing kids: Hadas and Tal and a wife to Gilad. Born and raised in Israel, I completed my B.A. in the Department of Theatre and Literature at Tel-Aviv University and graduated from the “Holon Puppet Theatre School” as a master puppeteer and also completed the training program ‘Puppet Theater as a Therapeutic Tool’. I worked as a puppeteer at the “Holon Puppetry Center”, gave tours of the Puppet Theater Museum of Art and taught adult puppetry courses at the Puppet Theater Art School. I taught puppet theater at Alona Elementary School in Amikam for four years for ages 7-12 and also taught groups and individuals, children, and adults, in various activities through puppet theater in informal or therapeutic settings. For the past two years I have been teaching Hebrew on-line with IVRIE-LI Language School and meeting people from all over the world that are interested in keeping Hebrew alive. I really like to teach and share my knowledge, travel the world, and play with puppets to create communication, touch emotions, and create humor and laughter together with my students. My favourite word in Hebrew is אהבה (love). Let’s find out what your favourite word is!


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Workshop Outline:

  • Building a mouth puppet

  • Let’s learn to manipulate our puppets together.

  • Watch the group’s shows and take a group photo!

Pricing options:

All prices in New Zealand Dollars


  • A wonderful puppet which you can take home.

Distance Learning:

  • This course has no distance-learning component and workshop sessions are in-person in Hamilton only.


  • Parents should provide their children with a packed lunch. We’ll provide healthy snacks.


  • None at all! Come as you are.

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