Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty

These old-fashioned puppets are fun to play with, but even more fun to make. Why not watch Pinocchio together first to introduce kids to the concept of puppeteering, and then get started with this entertaining activity.

Ages: 3-8
Location: Indoors
Skills: Art, Social/Emotional

What you'll need:
12 inch by 18 inch poster board
Rubber cement
Four 3 inch by 30 inch strips of construction paper
2 inch by 12 inch cardboard strip
Heavy-weight paper
Colored markers
Construction paper or wallpaper
Hole punch

Young children may need help building this complex puppet, whereas older children will revel in the work it takes them to assemble their marionette.

Fold the poster board in half crosswise. Fold each half in half again toward the center crease. Overlap the two end flaps to form a triangular tube. Glue the end flaps together.

Cut a head with a long neck from heavy-weight paper. Draw a face on with markers and glue on yarn hair.

Glue the neck to the back inside of the body.

Pleat the four strips and glue onto the body as arms and legs.

Cut hands and feet from construction paper and glue onto the arms and legs.

Glue or staple the hands to the ends of the cardboard strip. Punch a hole in the center of the strip and another in the top of the head. Loop a piece of yarn through the holes and tie the ends together.

Tilt the cardboard strip in various directions to move the arms and legs.

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