It's a month to go before my first ever workshop - eeeeekkkk! The workshop is actually a two day event where I will be doing two sessions on day one and three slightly shorter ones on day two with a maximum of fifteen people on each session. A bit of a baptism of fire and it is definitely making me nervous.
Consequently, I've spent much of the last fortnight sorting out my insurance, doing a risk assessment, resources list, draft workshop plan, and a two sided blurb for the delegate pack. The experience has been quite challenging, but in a good way. Delegates will be mainly adults on day one, with a few more children on day two so the sessions have to suit quite a wide audience.
We will be doing a bit of puppet making (socks or bags), followed by a bit of basic puppetry. I was a bit unsure about the timings so I decided to use my nephews as guinea pigs on making sock puppets. We managed it in the time I had planned (yippee) and it was absolutely invaluable - I realised I hadn't included stuffing and buttons on my list, and that I need at least one more glue gun, preferably two!
I would recommend doing a run through with your target audience if you are planning a workshop. Very very helpful.
Here is the sock puppet I did. It's very simple but I was wielding the glue gun for all three of us so happy with that.
And here is another that I did today. No glue on this one, all stitched.