Thursday, March 1, 2012

Make Your Own Puppets, Part 2: Puppets from Kitchen Supplies

Today we're continuing with some fun puppets that are easy to make. They can be used in your Bible Club, Sunday school, or anytime your kids need some entertainment. These puppets are all based off of common kitchen supplies, and you'll need a few craft supplies as well. This is a great way to teach your kids about being good stewards by recycling.

Wooden Spoon Puppets

  • wooden spoons
  • yarn
  • glue, scissors
  • paint or markers
  • scraps of fabric or felt
  • crepe paper
  • wiggle eyes
  • trims, buttons, chenille wire
  • construction paper
  1. Paint or color a face onto the back side of the spoon. Glue on wiggle eyes and/or features made from buttons, felt scraps, etc.
  2. Glue on yarn strips for hair—short, curly, braids, whatever you feel like. Get creative!
  3. Tie a rectangular piece of fabric around the spoon handle or cut out clothes from crepe paper and glue them to the spoon.
  4. Add arms made of chenille wire. Cut construction paper hands and glue them to the ends of the wire, if you'd like. 

Water Bottle Puppets

  • paper
  • paper towels
  • plastic bottles
  • rubber bands
  • wiggle eyes
  • small paper cups
  • yarn, trims, chenille wire
  • glue, markers
  • foam balls
  1. Make a wad of paper towels for the head and fasten them over the top of the bottle with a rubber band. Or use the foam ball for the head.
  2. Draw or glue on facial features.
  3. Glue on yarn strips for hair—short, curly, braids, etc.
  4. Use folded paper for a facket, and attach chenille wire arms, if you wish.

Paper Cup Puppets

  • paper cups
  • scraps of fabric or yarn
  • paint or markers
  • glue, scissors
  1. Turn the cup upside down so the child's hand will fit underneath. Wrap a scrap of fabric halfway around the top, glue it in place, and fold the sides down to make a headpiece.
  2. Wrap a longer piece of fabric around the bottom and glue it on to make clothing.
  3. Paint on eyes and a nose. Use scraps of brown fabric or yarn for eyebrows, mustache, and beard.

Paper Plate Puppets

  • two paper plates
  • tape
  • yarn
  • paint or markers
  • crepep paper
  • scissors, glue
  1.  Draw a face on the bottom of a paper plate. Cut off the bottom of the plate at the chin area, if you'd like.
  2. Cut the second paper plate in half. Place the plates together, edge to edge, with the bottoms out, so the half plate is behind the top half of the whole plate, forming an upside-down pocket. Tape the plates together. Glue on crepe paper or yarn hair. Your hand will slip into the pocket so you can make the head turn and nod.