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Friday, August 3, 2012


This is Mr. Puppet Man, he has been a funny part of our lives for a long time.
The other day the kids at school were fighting over him, you see, there is only one Mr. Puppet Man.
Fortunately I had all the materials to make Mr. Puppet Man, and with a quick change in plans, puppet making became our art project and dramatic play for the day. I am writing out the steps in case anyone out there wants to give them a go.  They were great fun and I just love listening to the little puppet shows, voices, and reactions they had when they were playing with them...oh, and there were no arguments!!

Materials needed for this project are:
Wood beads that are not drilled through all the way
A hot glue gun
A dowel
Cones from yarn (I got mine at a local materials exchange)

The children first glued on fabric scraps to the cones.

Next they drew faces onto the beads.  I then hot glued the dowels into the heads.
They took a triangle scrap of paper with Elmer's glue in it and made hats
After the head is attached, take two sqaure pieces of fabric.  Place one face down on the table, put a line of hot glue along the top of the fabric, then place the dowel face down on the hot glue and press the second square of fabric down on top of the dowel and glue.  Glue the sides with hot glue, leaving about 1/2 inch.  Then place the dowel down the wide mouth side of the cone, and overlap the fabric on the cone.  Apply hot glue to the cone and glue the fabric around the entire cone.  The kids told me what fabric they wanted and helped position the dowel, but I did the hot gluing.

We then cut out mittens on sticky felt and places them on the corners of the puppet.  You will need one for the front and back because of the adhesive.

The are great fun to have hide and then pop out for peek-a-boo.

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