Teaching Awareness through Puppetry (TAP, formally Kids on the Block) has been inspiring students in schools in the GTA for over 35 years. TAP is the only program that builds awareness about disabilities and differences, using the engaging art of table top puppetry.

At the heart of our program are our large and colourful full length puppets. The puppets encourage students to ask questions in an open environment to deal with sensitive issues that might otherwise go unaddressed. The result is a highly effective Q&A session that delivers the program’s learning objectives. “Puppets can help break down barriers and encourage students to discuss very difficult issues…” (“Puppets talk, Children listen”, Teach Magazine, 2013).

TAP has a history of bringing together a network of specialized skills and puppeteers to present an effective learning program in schools.

TAP is a part of a collaborative partnership. Our partners provide information, funcing, access to the community, resources in kind, and expertise. Our associations with our partners make us better able to deliver a high quality informed program.

TAP became part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) partnership program in 2014 and previous to that time, the TDSB was a sponsor of the program for over 10 years. TAP is dedicated to helping schools and their communities create healty, safe, and inclusive environments for all students.

The pandemic has provided the opportunity to deliver dynamic, interactive workshops online. TAP now leads both in person and virtual workshops as per each request.