About Helen Meurs – Hand Puppet Coach

With a hand puppet you literally have the possibilities in your own hands

Welcome to a world where hand puppets are more than just toys; they're tools for transformation. I'm Helen Meurs, a Dutch former primary school teacher turned hand puppet coach. My journey with hand puppets began nearly 30 years ago and has since evolved into a passionate career, empowering educators, parents, and caregivers with the unique power of hand puppets.

My Story

It all started in my classroom, with a simple hope that a hand puppet might engage a quiet child. That initial experiment, though not entirely successful, sparked a lifelong quest. I delved into the world of hand puppets, exploring their potential as educational and therapeutic tools. This led to the founding of handpop.nl in 2004, a platform dedicated to the craft and utility of hand puppets.

Philosophy and Approach

At the heart of my work is the belief that hand puppets are more than mere toys; they are tools for unlocking a child's world. My unique 'puppetcoachapproach' and 'chitchat method' transform the puppet into a child's friend and confidant, facilitating learning, emotional expression, and social development.

Vision and Goals

My vision is to transform the pedagogical landscape through the effective use of hand puppets. By training and inspiring others, I aim to spread the joy and effectiveness of this tool to as many children and educators as possible.

The puppet has enriched my life, not only as a teacher and educator, but also as a person

Experience and Credentials

  • Former primary school teacher
  • Founder and owner of handpop.nl (2004-2019)
  • Author of "JaNee heeft Alles" and "The Hand Puppet As An Educational Tool"
  • Producer of the DVD "JaNee babbelt"
  • YouTuber and content creator, featuring puppet-based educational methods
  • Developer of the 'chitchat method' for effective puppet communication
  • Crkbo registered instructor and training institute
  • Founder of a professional training program for hand puppet coaches

Services Offered

I offer a range of services aimed at empowering educators, therapists, parents, and anyone interested in the power of hand puppets:

  • Tailored training and workshops on the hand puppet as a tool
  • Personalized coaching sessions for effective hand puppet use
  • Online courses and resources for remote learning

Contact and Engagement

I invite you to explore the magical world of the hand puppet and love to help you transform your puppet into an inviting, engaging bridge building friend for children. Whether you're a parent, educator, or therapist, there's so much to learn and achieve with this wonderful tool. Feel free to reach out for training, advice, or collaboration.

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