Here are some other puppets that children can construct out of simple materials. These puppets can be used to sing songs, retell stories, reinforce poems, or for holiday fun. They are a great way to engage children in a wide variety of learning activities.
TENNIS BALL PUPPET
Materials: old tennis balls
knife – (The teacher will need to use this!)
art scraps, such as yarn, pom poms, googly eyes, etc.
Directions: Cut a slit between two seams
on the tennis ball to make a mouth. (The teacher will need
to do this.) Squeeze the tennis ball on either side of the
slit to make the mouth move. Add eyes, yarn hair, and other
Materials: large craft stick,
cardboard or heavy paper
string, crayons, markers, hole punch
Directions: Draw an animal or other character
on the cardboard and cut it out. Decorate with markers and
crayons. Punch a hole in the shoulders or arms and tie on string
as shown. Tie the other ends of the string to the craft stick.
Move the stick to make the puppet walk and wiggle.
Materials: heavy paper or cardboard,
markers and scissors,
Directions: Draw characters on the paper
and cut out and color. Attach a magnetic strip to the back.
Place on the spatula to make a puppet. You can also use these
on a cookie sheet or magnetic board.
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Materials: paper cup,
markers or crayons,
tape and scissors
Directions: Draw a small bunny, groundhog,
or other animal on the paper. Cut out, color, and tape it to
one end of the straw. Punch a hole in the bottom of the cup and
insert the straw in it. Tape some green paper for grass to the
top of the cup to make your puppet pop up out of the ground.
GROCERY SACK BODY PUPPET
Materials: large paper grocery sack,
construction paper, markers, crayons,
string or ribbon,
scissors, glue, stapler
Directions: Turn the grocery sack upside
down and use the bottom flap for the head. Decorate with construction
paper and markers. Color the remainder of the sack to make the
body. Bend strips of construction paper back and forth to make
arms and legs as shown. Punch holes near the top and tie on string
or yarn so you can wear it around your head.