Puppets are a good way to get children involved or interested in a story you have to tell. Children also love to make up their own stories with the puppets. However, buying a variety of puppets can cost more than you may be willing to spend. Instead of buying the puppets, you can make your own from paper lunch bags. These puppets also make an ideal project for your children to make, giving them an even bigger role in the puppet show.
Items you will need
- Paper lunch bags
- Construction paper
- Embellishments, such as glitter, markers, yarn and googly eyes.
Place the paper bag in its folded form on your work surface so the opening of the bag is toward you and the flap that forms the bottom of the bag is facing up.
Cut out the facial features from construction paper. You need different shapes specific to the puppet you are making. For instance, a cat needs eyes, pointed ears, nose and whiskers; a dog needs the same; a person needs eyes, ears and a nose; an elephant needs a long nose, big ears and eyes.
Glue each of these features into place using the bottom of the bag as the puppet's face. Glue the ears on the top of the bag for animals like dogs and cats. However, for elephants and people, glue the ears on the side into the fold between the bottom flap and the back side of the bag.
Cut lengths of yarn to create hair for your puppet if it requires. For instance, a person puppet requires hair of any length you want. Lions may also benefit from a yarn mane.
Glue the yarn onto the puppet. For a person, glue smaller pieces of yarn onto the front around the face, except for the bottom, and larger pieces down the back to create the hair.
Cut out a tongue and teeth, if desired, to glue under the flap to create the puppet's mouth. You can also glue black paper into the mouth for effect.
Cut out arms for your puppet from the construction paper. Glue these onto the sides of the paper bag at the back, positioning them about an inch below the bottom of the puppet's face.
Add embellishments to decorate your puppet any way you want. To use glitter, spread glue onto the area on which you want the glitter to stick and then sprinkle the glitter over the glue. Hold the puppet up and shake it to remove the excess glitter. Use markers, stickers and construction paper cutouts to further decorate the puppet. This gives each puppet a personality of its own.
Tips & Warnings
- Folding in the edges or corners of the bottom flap creates a different face shape suitable for different creatures.
- Instruct children to lay out the construction paper pieces before gluing them to make sure they are happy with the way it looks.
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