And shadow puppets, too...
But lately we've been more ambitious (this lovely lady was made at our kitchen table by a darling neighbor...)
We've been adding moving parts (heads & tails and arms) and 3-D wings, too...
Yesterday we made the Tomten and the Fox (based on characters from the book by Astrid Lindgren.) Below are instructions if you want to make one (or two or three) moving-part-puppets in your home.
FOR EACH PUPPET GATHER:
1 wooden paint mixer or strip of heavy cardboard (approx. 1" wide x 12" long)
1 head approx. 2" high cut from construction paper or thin cardboard (a manilla folder works well)
1 body, rectangle cut from thin cardboard or manilla folder
2 strips fabric approx. 1" wide x 6" long
2 puppet hands cut from construction paper or thin cardboard
2 wooden skewers
a stapler, glue stick, white glue (and maybe a hot glue gun)
yarn, fabric, paper, paint, markers, crayons, glitter, feathers, etc... for decorating
3.) Staple the other ends of fabric strips to body to form arms.
For the fox, Little Mr. B. made his drawing on colored construction paper. Then we used glue-stick to affix it to a manilla flolder (here you can see him making some minor adjustments to the nose...)
We cut it out...
Added some decorative touches...
Then glued down a small strip of fabric to hinge the tail to the body and glued another bit of fabric over the skewer to control the tail...
Please use your little movable hands to wave to our friends, Mr. Tomten. Tell them we'll see them later because now it's time for a puppet show!