We help families and classrooms

bring history and ancient stories to life.

What can you do with silhouette puppets?

shadow puppetry  —  stop motion films  —  storytelling  —  family projects  —  history fairs  —  language arts —  holidays and holy days  —  interactive displays  — play over zoom  —  personalized gifts



Behind the Screen

Why I Want Kids to See Themselves in the Story

I’m Helene, founder of Past Times, crafter, and children’s book writer. An archivist by profession, I love to find the stories behind historical documents. My passion is bringing historical narratives to life for children, classrooms, and families. I want to help kids see themselves in the story, to humanize our histories and heritage, and make history come alive through imagination and play.

Helene van Rossum, founder of Past Times