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There are so many ways you can make puppets - from cardboard, paper, fabric, spools, paper plate, paper bag, tongue depressors....and so on! Here are some great puppet ideas:
Cardboard Roll Puppet
Paper Bag Puppet
Have some parts precut for younger children. Older children can cut some parts as they assemble the puppet. Glue on eyes, nose, mouth and whatever else is desired for each puppet. Bag puppets can take on any form - let the children create their own!
Tongue Depressor Puppet
Draw a face on the tongue depressor with felt marker. Cut a piece of cloth/felt for the clothes and glue onto the puppet. Variation: Magazine pictures of people or faces of th eappropriate size may be cut out and glued onto tongue depressors to make puppets.
Paper Plate Puppet
Put a face on the paper plate using either felt markers, crayons, or cut pieces of construction paper. Add construction paper hat, ears or hair! Glue the paper plate onto a tongue depressor.
Felt Hand Puppet
2 felt pieces, about 5"x7"
On a sheet of paper, trace a puppet pattern around your hand (lay hand flat, spreading little finger and thumb out, keeping other fingers together so that the little finger/thumb become the puppets "arms"). Cut out. Trace the puppet pattern on two pieces of felt with fabric chalk, then cut out the pieces. Place yarn for hair on the bottom piece. Pin the two pieces together and stitch together around the outside edge - making sure to "catch" the hair yarn as you go! Leave bottom open for hand to slip in. Cut out facial features from felt or yarn and glue on face of puppet. Add other decorative touches as you wish!
Greeting Card Puppet
Envelope Shark Puppet
Dragon Sock Puppet
Put one hand in the sock to find where the mouth should be. Your thumb should be the bottom part of the dragon's jaw. Glue on the red fabric/felt oval where the mouth is formed. Cut out eyes, ears and scales from fabric scraps, and glue them on the puppet.
Tip: Sew the dragon's features on so he will last longer. Pin a piece of fabric where you want it, turn the sock inside out and sew it into place. You can make any animal or even a person from a sock!
Craft Stick Puppets
Cover the cardboard roll with white paper, and tape it on. Add features with crayons and/or other decorative items. Tape a craft stick securely inside the bottom of the roll for the handle. Works best if taped in two places!
Tip: Wrapping krinkled aluminum foil around the cardboard roll makes a great astronaut suit!
Paint Stir Stick Puppets
Paint the stir stick the desired color. Allow to dry. Add features with felt markers, felt pieces or construction paper. Add arms or antennae made from pipe cleaners.
Wooden Spoon Puppets
Paint spoons with skin color. When paint is dry, draw or paint
faces on the bowls of the spoons. Glue on yarn hair and add features
like hats with construction paper. Wrap construction paper or fabric
scraps around the handles and glue them on for the puppets' clothes.
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