Dash & Dot’s Puppet Show

By June L.

Play Ideas

Lights, camera, action!

What you'll need:

  • Dash & Dot
  • Building Brick Extensions
Set up Time

45 minutes

Supplies
  • Fabric, hats, pipe cleaners to dress your robot up
  • Your setting – a farmhouse, a spooky forest, a castle, and more

Mission:

Create your own puppet show with Dot at the helm as the puppetmaster. Think about how you will build your character and what kind of challenges your character might face. A great story has a beginning, middle, and end. Have a friend with another Dash & Dot set? Create a puppet show together with multiple robots!

Setup:

  1. Write out the plot of your story. You can create a storyboard that will take you through what happens in your puppet show. Think about how you will introduce your characters, how you will present a conflict, and how your character will resolve it! Use the sounds in Blockly as inspiration for plot elements to add!

  2. Create the setting for your story. Are you on a farm? Find farm animals around your room that will live on your farm, and build your characters a farm house!

  3. Dress up Dash. Use fabric, construction paper, or outfits you have for other toys to transform Dash into your character. In this case, one Dash is a farmer’s wife, and the other Dash is the farmer!

  4. Everyone in their places! Place everyone where they belong on the set. In this case, we have an extra Dot that we will hide in a tree close to the farm house.

  5. Program your story. What happens first, second, and last? You can make a project that follows your plotline or improvise with Dot, the puppet master! Check out the play options for sample code.

Play Options:

Go App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Path App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Blockly App

Suggested for Ages: 8+

Plan out what Dash is going to do in each scene. Make Dash react, and introduce the plot points when Dot gives the signal!

When Dot shakes, the tornado comes!

Then when Dot looks up, the cat calls out from the tree as Dash looks for it.

When Dot looks down, Dash finds the cat and transports it down with a helicopter.

And finally, when Dot leans left, Dash does a celebratory dance with the cat. The end!


Xylo App

Suggested for Ages: 5+