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Felt Puppets

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More puppets, but this time we’re celebrating spring. It’s a great way for children to talk about the changes they’re seeing in nature; how plants are awakening, flowers are blooming, and little creatures are suddenly everywhere. They can use these observations to help them develop ideas for puppets.

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Lonely Sock Puppets

P1160809Their mates abandoned them, and left them to languish in the corners of drawers. They are known as the lonely socks, unpaired outcasts deserving of a second chance at life…as puppets. In the mood for some sock history? Check out lonelysock.com where you can learn, among other things, about the Bureau of Missing Socks…uh huh.

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Puppet Theatre: Let The Drama Begin

Children at a Puppet Theatre in Paris, 1963. Photo:www.christies.com

We all have a story to tell. Humans have been at it for a while, with the first recorded play being in ancient Egypt in 2500BC. This table top theatre project will undoubtedly help spawn a few storytellers, armed with lots of imagination. Let the drama begin! Continue reading

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Puppets With No Strings Attached

I had a hole in my glove one winter, and as I waited for yet another pick up after yet another drop off, I got bored. I exposed my thumb and drew a face on it, developed the urge to speak with a Spanish accent, and baptized my new finger puppet Esteban. I tormented my children with Esteban for an entire winter until I finally retired my glove with great reluctance, and took this photo as a memento of his short but splendid life.

Puppets have been around for thousands of years. While they are thought to have originated in India some 4000 years ago, they have popped up in many other cultures. Think Punch and Judy (England), Shadow Puppets (Indonesia), Punchinello (Italy), and The Muppets (United States). Here’s an opportunity to make some popsicle stick puppets and allow their personalities to sprout from your imagination, just as Esteban did from mine.

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