I am all over things that encourage my kids to get off the electronics and do something creative. Today’s project fits that bill. Not only in the make-believe of acting out “plays” but in creating the custom characters as well. Follow along for some fun puppet ideas.
Supplies needed for these puppet ideas:
- White Scrapbook Box with Lid
- Red Polka Dot Fat Quarter (or another fat quarter color of your choice)
- Square Dowel Rods
- Craft Knife, Cutting Mat & Replacement Blades
- Sewing Machine
- Supplies to create puppet characters:
- Unfinished Puppet Sticks
- Studio 71 Acrylic Paint Set
- White Taklon Brush Set
- Auburn Brown Doll Hair
- Ash Blonde Doll Hair
- Glow in Dark Googly Eyes
Remove the lid from the storage box.
Lay the lid flat on a cutting mat. Decide how large you would like the opening to your puppet stage. Measure and mark the area with a pencil.
Here is where you can choose to be fancy or not. I ironed the fabric, and stitched around the edges, making a waistband-type pocket on the top for the dowel to slide into. I am sure there is a sewing term for that- but I am not really a seamstress. You could also do this whole portion using a fabric glue, or even hot glue. The curtains just need to be able to open and close.
Place the lid upright on the side of the box.
That completes the puppet stage. Now you can have fun creating characters to use!
The above suggested craft sticks come pre-shaped into male and female characters. With a little bit of paint and creativity the kids can help make any character they desire. Here are some puppet ideas:
We have had a very dramatic plastic dinosaur figure fight, and a few stories about royal princesses complete with British accents.