DIY: THE COOLEST PUPPET
Sep 24, 2018
By: Maria Bonilla
I remember the first time I had a puppet in my hand, it was for a homework assignment in elementary school. My grandad helped me do it. This brings back fond memories of my childhood, because I was able to enjoy making it with him and playing with it together afterwards.
For kids, puppets are the characters that awaken their imagination. It’s a lot of fun that takes place on a stage they can be a part of. When we use them, we enter a wonderful world. We discover that we have another tone of voice, and in creating voices that we did not know we had, we discover that hiding is very fun and falling makes us laugh.
Let's make a quick and simple puppet!
There’s always a pair that is uneven. You lose one and you never know where to find it ...that’s right, we're talking about socks!
For our puppet we will use a sock that may have been left alone or abandoned. Here we will give it a special use. ;)
What you’ll need:
- Long sock (or stocking) that is longer than ankle-length
- Hot glue
- Cardboard or red foam paper
- Colored wool
- Eye stickers (you can get the wacky eyes or make them yourself with black foam)
- Circle of cardboard
LET'S DO IT! Here’s how:
- Take the cardboard circle and fold it in half. This circle should cover the tip of the sock. Make sure it’s not too big or too small.
- Use the red cardboard or foam paper to make a semicircle. It must be exactly half the size of the circle you just made. This will be your puppet’s tongue.
- Turn the sock inside out so that the seam is on the outside. Glue the circle from the first step to the tip of the sock and let it dry.
- Make strips of wool of different colors and lengths depending on the style you want to give to the puppet. This will be your puppet’s hair.
- When the glue is dry, turn the sock outside-in. You will notice that a kind of mouth is formed that begins to shape our puppet. Open and close your hand to adjust the cardboard.
- Glue the tongue to the lower part of the mouth and let it dry.
- Glue the eyes with hot glue. Be careful not to burn yourself.
- Use the wool that you cut in the fourth step and begin to glue it from the eyes and “combing” it back. This is your puppet's hairstyle, style it how you want.
- (Optional): You can use cardboard or foam to make other ornaments or accessories for the puppet: ears, hat, glasses, clothes, etc. Your imagination is the limit!
We are ready to start the fun! In the beginning, you can be the one to manipulate the puppet and then you can hand it over to the child. Use your dining room table as a stage, or any place where you can hide it and bring it back out to give life to this character.
Kids have so much fun with this! It’s a great opportunity to read their favorite story or to tell a story with the help of this character.