How to Make a Caterpillar Rod Puppet

Ages: 6-8, 9-12
Location: Indoors
Skills: Art, Social/Emotional

What you'll need:
Green honeycomb tissue paper
Red, black construction paper scraps
White glue
2 craft sticks

Background:
The caterpillar puppet is fun to make and even more fun to play with because of the way it moves. Encourage kids to look up the term Caterpillars in the encyclopedia or on the Internet to get more background on the puppet they are creating. After they've done their research and built the puppet, ask the caterpillar questions such as, "What do you eat?" or, "How fast do you move?"

Setting up:
Cut the honeycomb tissue into a circle and pull it out to its full length.

Cut two eyes from the black paper and a mouth and tongue from the red. Glue features onto the front section of the tissue circle.

Dab a small amount of glue on the end of one craft stick and insert it into the tissue just behind the face. Repeat, with the other craft stick, gluing it about halfway down the body. Compress the honeycomb tissue and allow to dry.

What to do:
Hold a craft stick in each hand and move the caterpillar along a tabletop. The caterpillar can inch along or move from side to side, depending upon hand motions.

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