- Wrap 1” strips of paper around your fingers and tape.
- Draw faces and other features on with marking pens.
- These can be easily made by cutting people or animal shapes out of cardboard.
- Then taping a craft stick or drinking straw on the back to use as a handle.
- Characters can be colored with marking pens.
FELT MIT PUPPETS
- You will need to make a puppet shape pattern, a head, two arms and a body section.
- Then lay your pattern on top of two pieces of felt.
- Cut around the pattern to create two puppet shapes.
- Then by hand, or on a sewing machine, sew around your puppet shape, leaving the bottom side unsewn, so that you can stick your hand up into the puppet.
- Decorate the front of your puppet with colorful felt scraps.
PAPER BAG PUPPETS
- Take a small lunch sack and lay it flat.
- Using felt scraps or marking pens decorate the bottom of the sack to represent a face.
- To use the puppet, stick your hand up into the sack, keeping the bottom flap pointed down.
- Finger Nose Puppet – Turn a small paper cup up-side-down. Poke a hole in the middle of one side of the cup. This will become a nose hole. Using a marking pen decorate around the hole to resemble a face. Glue on some yarn hair. Now stick your hand up into the cup and stick a finger out through the hole, to create the nose for your puppet.
- Pop-Up Puppet – Place a small Styrofoam ball on the end of a plastic drinking straw. Then take a small paper cup and make a hole in the bottom of the cup. Decorate the ball to resemble a face, add hair or a hat to make it more interesting. Now stick the straw down through the hole. You can manipulate the straw up and down to make the puppet appear and disappear.
- Magnet puppets can be made simply by cutting out people or animal shapes from light cardboard.
- Decorate the shape with marking pens to create the character you desire.
- Then attach a small magnet strip to the back of the shape.
- Place the puppet on a metal pancake flipper to move about.
SMALL PAPER PLATE PUPPETS
- Take a small paper plate and decorate it to resemble a character in your story.
- Attach a large craft stick to the bottom back of the plate to use as a handle.
STUFFED ANIMAL PUPPET
- You can purchase a small animal puppet or you can make one by finding a discarded stuffed animal and opening the middle back and removing some of the stuffing.
- Then stick your hand up into the animal with one finger up into the head and a finger stuck into each arm.
- You should be able to manipulate the stuffed animal to move its head and arms.