Friday, February 26
Making Stick Puppets
Puppets are so fun. They are almost magical in the way they come to life in a child's hands. They create endless opportunities for creativity and imagination. They are also another way to incorporate storytelling and the use of verse. We created these puppets, which were just as fun to make as they are to use.
To make the puppet, I purchased a dowel from the craft store and cut it down. The puppet's head is made from Crayola Model Magic. To make the head we rolled and shaped it and added features like eyes and nose. I then inserted the dowel deep into the clay. We let it dry for 2 days until it felt firm. We then used our markers to add color and decorate. The cloth was tied around the dowel using ribbon or yarn.
To hold the puppets, I cut down a stick from outside and drilled some holes. We are really enjoying the puppets. We use play silks for backdrops and rocks or shells and blocks for scenery. I am working on my puppetry skills, particularly my inability to come up with short stories! I can never think of any. I try to remember to keep it simple and seasonal. I am on the lookout for inspiration in this area.