I wanted to share a tip that I have been using to make
very inexpensive puppets. Stuffed animals are usually cheap at
garage and rummage sales, and there are so many kinds of characters!
I start by determing where to cut for the hand to fit into then
take out most of the stuffing. Some need a little stuffing left
for filling out the head.
~ Barbara Clinansmith
Lore - Kid Fun
Directions for making simple puppets for small children. Pages
to color. Poems to read while playing with your puppets. Coming
soon: puppet show scripts!
Make Puppets and Marionettes for Kids
How to Make puppets (finger puppets, hand puppets, sock puppets, shadow puppets) with the following arts and crafts decorations, instructions, patterns, and activities for children, teens, preschoolers.
These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary
school children. The crafts use materials found around the house.
To make an elephant puppet, cat puppet, monkey puppet, or bunny
puppet, click on each of these pictures or their names and they
will take you to their cut outs page. You will need lunch sized
paper bags and crayons.
A Sock is a wonderful thing. It can warm a foot, that's for sure.
Better yet, it can become a zillion different critters. Sock
puppets are easy to make.
Patterns and instructions for making puppets for small hands
or enlarge for older children. Patterns include: bear, cat, owl
Apple Head Dolls
Turn juicy apples into funny, whimsical puppet characters.
Make a Ballerina Marionette. When you pull the string, the arms
and legs move.
Homeschool Distractions - Sock Puppets
Some of the puppets created were simply amazing given the limited supplies we had on hand: simply some tube socks, some limited colors of yarn, some felt, a bucket full of buttons, needle and thread, and hot glue guns.
68 Ways to Make Really Big Puppets
For those of you who are interested in making giant puppets for
pageants, parades, or impressing your friends.
Make a Hand Puppet
Get started today making your own easy to use hand puppet family,
or use your imagination and design your own hand puppet designs
from this easy pattern.
My name is Nick Barone, I am a professional puppeteer and I have been building and performing puppets professionally since 1991.
Puppet Playhouse Project
This puppet stage is a sturdy and reasonably inexpensive backdrop
for your child's creative world. Here are the directions for
a home--made puppet theater.
This puppet page wouldn't be complete without a visit to this
stupendous virtual reality site! Once again Jim Henson's creativity
will leave you rolling on the floor, laughing at your computer.
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Sagecraft Productions presents information about the theater's
most enthralling art form. Learn to make puppets, put on shows,
leave messages for other puppeteers.
Home Page for Story Tellers
A very large site with all sorts of resources for those who love
to tell stories with a puppet. [Puppet graphic from this site.]
World of Puppets
A history of British and American puppetry on television. Presented
in a delightful way to try to prove that puppets are not just
Plays the Thing
So...you have puppets, they look alive and you have tons of ideas
for using them. What's the next step? Here are a few facts, opinions
and reminders about puppet plays and puppet playwriting that
might help. From Legends & Lore.
Punch and Judy Plays
By today's standards, these puppet shows are shocking stories
of family violence, but for about a century before Saturday morning
cartoons kids used to adore these characters. Three scripts
dating from 1832, 1851, and 1960 for you to enjoy with your puppets.
When a puppet is held in front of a light and behind a translucent
screen, its shadow is visible on the other side of the screen.
Kids can cast a shadowy show of their own with just a few of these simplified paper puppets and a tabletop stage.
Making shadow puppets is fun to do. The materials that you will
need are: a piece of cardboard, a white piece of paper, a stick,
a glue gun, a pencil, a pair of scissors, a puppet screen and
Making Puppets Come Alive
Until the appropriate gestures and voices are added, a puppet is just a wiggling lump of cloth. The way you hold and move your puppet is very important. From Puppet Universe.
Your Figure Talk
Many people think ventriloquists "throw their voices."
This is not true. It is only an optical illusion. It just appears
that way because the ventriloquist is looking at the figure when
(s)he makes the figure talk. By Carol Greene.
Until the appropriate gestures and voices are added, a puppet
is just a wiggling lump of cloth. The way you hold and move your
puppet is very important.
Sometimes with a puppet that is being held in your arms in front
of your audience, you may want to learn ventriloquism to make
it seem like the puppet is alive, and doing the talking.