Friday, February 14, 2014

Puppet on a Stick

The students in my puppetry class made adorable puppets on a stick. Although every student started with the same materials - a straw, white paper cup, and Styrofoam ball - each puppet quickly took on its own distinct personality. Foam beads were attached with toothpicks, and were used to make arms, legs, hair, eyes, and noses. One child made patterns with the foam beads. Yarn turned into hair and a mouth. Googly eyes were self adhesive and easy for the kids to work with. A pom pom made a great bushy tail. Clothes were created by covering the paper cup with felt. I encouraged the children to keep adding on to the puppet. Facial features, limbs, clothes, and hair ribbons help bring these puppets to life. What you do not see is the the straw, which is inside the paper cup. Poke a hole through the bottom of the paper cup with the pointy end of a pencil. Push the straw through the hole at the bottom of the cup. Attach the Styrofoam ball by pushing it on to the top of the straw until it feels secure. The straw easily moves the puppet's head up and down. The cup has some ability to move as well.