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
Long faced puppets can be made on cardboard rolls.
Glue on a tongue depressor as a handle!
Fold a rectangular piece of construction paper
in laternating directions for the body. Make arms and legs in the
same manner using strips of construction paper. Add a circle for
a head and tape a srtring on the back of the head so you can "make" your
Finger puppets can be made from styrofoam balls,
potatoes, apples or anything that can be hollowed out for a finger to be
inserted. Simply hollow out the object and decorate it to look like
String spools together with elastic, using large
spools for the body and small spools for the arms and legs. thread
elastic through a large button at the end of each arm, leg, and head so
the elastic won't slip through. Draw a face on the top spool and
ad dyard for hair if you want!
Paper Bag Puppet
You will need a paper lunch bag, crayons, consctuction
paper, paint, yard, glue, buttons, scissors, etc.
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
You will need tongue depressors, felt markers
(fine line), scraps of cloth or felt, glue, scissors
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
You will need paper plates, tongue depressors,
felt markers or crayons, construction paper, scissors, glue
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"
falt scraps of another color
needle & thread
chalk or pencil for fabric
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
Cut out a person or an animal, from a used greeting
card, and glue it to a straw or craft stick for a quick and easy puppet!
Envelope Shark Puppet
Seal a business size envelope (long). Cut
a triangle from one of the short ends to make a mouth. Tape the triangle
to the top to make a fin. Trim off the edge of the envelope opposite
the mouth, making an opening for a hand. Decorate the shark with
eyes, stripes, and of course, sharp teeth!
Dragon Sock Puppet
red felt or fabric oval
craft glue (try to use glue made especially for
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
small cardboard roll
crayons or markers
pompoms, rickrack, construction paper or other
decorative items (optional)
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
wooden paint stir sticks (in paint section of
the hardware store)
felt pieces or construction paper
other decorative items (optional)
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
construction paper or fabric scraps
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'
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