Puppet Crafts for KiDS!
Puppet Crafts for Kids offers FREE puppet crafting activities for children and parents to make and enjoy together. Each craft is created by puppeteer/teaching artist Terrence Burke offered to you at no charge. If you and your children have enjoyed the craft, please let us know!
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Simple Shadow Puppet
Make a simple shadow puppet! I made a baby elephant.
Suggested age level: 4 to 10 and up!
Print out our pattern: Simple Shadow Puppet Baby Elephant You can draw your own animal too!
Sheet of white paper or notebook paper.
Drinking straw or barbecue skewer
Masking tape or transparent tape
Bright flashlight or a bright desk lamp, ask your parents first!
1. Print our pattern, or draw your own animal/creature silhouette. Ask for help if you need it.
2. Cut out the elephant from the pattern print-out or your drawing.
3. Trace your pattern onto the inside of the box.
4. Cut out the new silhouette that you just traced. This will be your shadow puppet!
5. Using tape, attach the straw or skewer to the center of the puppet. Holding the straw/skewer at ab angle, tape the top first, then add tape on either side of the straw/skewer to hold it into place. Here’s an example of how to angle the straw/skewer:
If the straw/skewer pops off, use more tape to hold it on. Your shadow puppet is now ready to perform!
Shadow Puppet Stage:
1. Drape a white bed sheet between two chairs, having one side of the sheet longer than the other. Ask for help if you need it
2. Now hold your shadow puppet gently against the sheet with the flashlight or lamp behind you, pointing towards the puppet. Don’t forget to turn off the lights!
3. You now have a simple shadow puppet theatre. Make up a story for your puppet, make a second puppet, put on a show for your family!
Learn more about shadow puppetry & animation:
Here are several YouTube videos about pioneering German animator Lotte Reiniger that are wonderful sources of inspiration:
Lotte Reiniger documentary (16:41 minutes)
Lotte Reiniger’s Puss in Boots (13:08 minutes)
Cereal Box Sasquatch Finger Puppet
Make your very own Sasquatch, or if you prefer Bigfoot, out of a cereal box, a paper roll, crayons/markers, and some tape or glue.
Suggested age level: 3 to 10 and up! Watch our video for this puppet craft on our YouTube channel CLICK HERE
Print out of the pattern: Cereal Box Sasquatch finger puppet pattern (or drawn your own)
Cereal box (Terrence Burke likes Honey Nut Cheerios!) a cracker box works too!
Paper towel or toilet paper roll.
Crayons, markers, colored pencils. Any color you like is GREAT!
Glue or transparent tape.
1. Print out the Sasquatch pattern or drawn your own.
2. Trace pattern in the INSIDE of the cereal box.
3. Cut out the Sasquatch INSIDE the trace lines.
4. Decorate your Sasquatch with crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Start with the LIGHTER colors first, and DARKER colors last.
Draw a HAPPY face on the Squatch.
5. Glue or tape to the paper roll.
6. Make up a STORY about your new Sasquatch finger puppet. Give it a name! What’s does it like to eat? Where does it live?
7. Have a parent take a picture of your Sasquatch to share on the Wump Mucket Puppets Facebook page!