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Pubbet Quick Tip 7: Puppet 'visitor' review activity

Pubbet Quick Tip 7: Puppet 'visitor' review activity

June 05, 2019 | | 0 comments

I often use puppets to 'visit' at the end of class to help review the lesson content. It's a fun way to get the student to talk and revise what we've learned. However, this class had another visitor: a pesky bee!  

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Using arm rods with your Pubbet

Using arm rods with your Pubbet

May 22, 2019 | | 0 comments

Brian Zimmerman from Planet Bizzaro productions drops in to share some arm rods tips! You can see more of Brian's amazing puppetry here: http://www.planetbizzaro.com/ And his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgXP... Get your very own Pubbet here: www.pubbets.net

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Pubbet Quick Tip 6: Show and tell routine

Pubbet Quick Tip 6: Show and tell routine

May 15, 2019 | | 0 comments

This is one of my favourite online class activities. You can see some ways to incorporate a puppet into the class seamlessly which adds a little fun to the activity.

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Pubbets are en route!

Pubbets are en route!

March 26, 2019 | | 0 comments

Pubbets are due to start shipping from our Hong Kong fulfillment centre this Friday 29 March. To say that I'm relieved is a huge understatement! 50 Pubbets, 50 carry bags and 65 outfits! This has been a huge learning experience at just about every step of the way, and I've...

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The final countdown!

The final countdown!

March 18, 2019 | | 0 comments

Pubbets are coming! Are you ready? Hello Pubbet friends!  It’s with great joy in my heart that I write this update. After a long and decidedly rocky 6 month road since our campaign ended I’m very happy to announce that the first batch of Pubbets is all but finished.  I...

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Pubbets are coming! Are you ready?

Pubbets are coming! Are you ready?

March 13, 2019 | | 0 comments

Hi everyone! My short break with family is almost over and I have some updates. I’m grateful that the workshop manager is a perfectionist like me! 1. We’ve made another adjustment to the Pubbet hand design to make them look even better! 2. We’ll be hand sewing and gluing the...

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The Pubbet Improvements

The Pubbet Improvements

March 01, 2019 | | 0 comments

Some shots today from the workshop. Here are the improvements made to the original Pubbet shown during the Indiegogo campaign last October... 1. Better quality materials 2. Better quality clothing 3. All Pubbets made by hand and quality checked at each step of production 4. The nose is now seamless...

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We've started production!

We've started production!

February 19, 2019 | | 0 comments

We’ve started production! We started producing our Pubbet #1 limited edition first edition puppets on Sunday 17 February. These first 50 puppets are going to the Indiegogo preorders and are set to be finished by the end of February. Then we’ll start making the next 50 which will be available...

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Pubbets update!

Pubbets update!

February 13, 2019 | | 0 comments

Pubbets are coming! Hi everyone I’m back in Vietnam after the annual new year holiday has ended and went straight from the airport to a meeting last night with our agent and workshop manager. We went over the game plan for Pubbets and confirmed a lot of details and discussed...

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29 January 2019 Update

29 January 2019 Update

January 29, 2019 | | 0 comments

Hello! Vietnam celebrates their new year holiday soon and the whole place has a very festive air, with many people looking forward to a 10-12 day holiday. Our workshop in Hoi An is closing from 31 January to 11 February so there probably won’t be any updates during this time....

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Our first Pubbet outfits!

Our first Pubbet outfits!

January 24, 2019 | | 0 comments

Don’t miss out on these beautifully made Pubbet outfits. You can easily update the look of your Pubbet and create a whole new character! A teacher, salesman, office worker, reporter, businessman, college professor or Dad in his Sunday best. Create a unique character with these adorable outfits. We only have...

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23 January workshop meeting update

23 January workshop meeting update

January 23, 2019 | | 0 comments

Hi Pubbet people! I met the workshop team for a dinner meeting tonight and to talk about the Pubbets Project and our progress so far. The main points covered were: 1. The first 50 Pubbets are earmarked for the Indiegogo preorders and the remaining 5 or 6 will be used...

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22 January 2019 Update

22 January 2019 Update

January 22, 2019 | | 0 comments

Hello! I’m now settled into my little studio apartment here in Da Nang and have been exploring the local neighbourhood. I was enjoying a breakfast bowl of noodles in front of the apartment block a few days ago and received a delivery from our workshop which is about 35 minutes...

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The Pubbet #1 hoodie

The Pubbet #1 hoodie

January 16, 2019 | | 0 comments

Hi everyone! We’ve finished the first lot of Pubbet hoodies and all 50 of them have a limited edition design embroidered on the back. The first 44 are going to our Indiegogo pre-orders so that means I’ll have a handful left for sale. Send me an email at info@pubbets.net if...

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The clothes of Pubbet #1

The clothes of Pubbet #1

December 29, 2018 | | 0 comments

The evolution of Pubbet #1 started back in October 2016, with many revisions to his size, colour and appearance since then. Let's take a look at his outfit today and I'll share some pics from the last year or so of updates. Pubbet #1 version 1 The first Pubbet sample...

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Update 28 December 2018

Update 28 December 2018

December 28, 2018 | | 0 comments

Hi everyone! A quick update for 28 December 2018. 1. Fabrics for the skin, mouth, tongue and clothing have been ordered and paid for. 2. The plastic resin eyes are in transit from China. 3. The purple ostrich feather hair is in transit from China. 4. I am finalising the...

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Video Update!

Video Update!

November 28, 2018 | | 0 comments

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Pubbet Evolution Pt 2

Pubbet Evolution Pt 2

November 14, 2018 | | 0 comments

The first Pubbet prototype was way too big.. So I quickly got to work on a new design that would be more practical for daily use.  Here are the main points that I wanted my Pubbets to have: Durability: I want these puppets to be used often and for a...

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Pubbet Quick Tip 5 - Using a puppet to demonstrate reading

Pubbet Quick Tip 5 - Using a puppet to demonstrate reading

September 19, 2018 | | 0 comments

I like to use puppets to break up the monotony a little and provide a different voice for the student to follow. Using puppets when reading stories is especially fun! The student in this video has a habit of rushing through reading tasks, which leads to him making a lot...

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Pubbet Quick Tip 4 - Puppet Role Play

Pubbet Quick Tip 4 - Puppet Role Play

September 05, 2018 | | 0 comments

What better way to add some interest to your online class than with a puppet roleplay? The students love meeting new characters and get the chance to try out their new language skills! This is a great clip from my student Camille talking to 'Pya Pya' the Pubbet. (No, I...

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Pubbet Quick Tip 4 - Puppet Role Play

Pubbet Quick Tip 4 - Puppet Role Play

September 05, 2018 | | 0 comments

What better way to add some interest to your online class than with a puppet roleplay? The students love meeting new characters and get the chance to try out their new language skills! This is a great clip from my student Camille talking to 'Pya Pya' the Pubbet. (No, I...

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Pubbet Quick Tip 3 - Puppet As A Reward

Pubbet Quick Tip 3 - Puppet As A Reward

August 30, 2018 | | 0 comments

My students love talking to puppets and I've never had to worry about preparing elaborate reward charts or extra props for a reward system. If the student behaves well during the lesson I tell them that they can finish up with a puppet chat. It's been a successful reward system...

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Pubbet Quick Tip 2 - Puppet Free Talk

Pubbet Quick Tip 2 - Puppet Free Talk

August 25, 2018 | | 0 comments

Introducing a puppet to your online classes can instantly add a second native English speaker to the dynamic. You can use the puppet to speak freely and at a natural pace, and then break down the phrases into smaller chunks for review with the student. Check out Pubbet #1 and...

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Pubbet Quick Tip 1 - The Bored Student

Pubbet Quick Tip 1 - The Bored Student

August 25, 2018 | | 0 comments

You know what it's like. You're halfway through a class and you're losing the student. They're fidgeting, yawning or distracted. Have you tried using a puppet when this happens? Take a look at the effect our Pubbet has on this bored student. Thanks to my grade 6 level student Patrick...

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A puppet co-teacher

A puppet co-teacher

August 21, 2018 | | 0 comments

Puppets are a fantastic co-teacher! You can scrunch them up and shove them into a bag between classes, they are always ready to start work and puppets can help to turn around even the worst demo class.   But more importantly, you can use a puppet to introduce a second...

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Pubbet Evolution Pt 1

Pubbet Evolution Pt 1

August 13, 2018 | | 0 comments

I’ve been dreaming of this project for the last few years, so wanted to make sure that Pubbet #1 was the best quality puppet that I could produce.  This process started years ago, but I started to dedicate all my spare time to the Pubbet #1 design in June 2017. ...

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