Marionette Dancing

Suggested Grades



Students will examine and perform movements of different parts of their body. This is a good activity to use for warming up, encouraging balance, and the examination of the space around for safe movement.


  • Explain to students that marionettes are a type of puppet that have strings attached to different parts of their bodies. The puppets move by the puppeteer pulling on the strings.
  • Ask students to pretend that they are marionettes.
  • Call out one body part and a direction (eg: arm, up) at a time and have the students move as though the string attached to the body part is being pulled in the direction called out.
  • Call out directions that would encourage students to practice their balance, as well as their use of the space around them.