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DIY Puppet Projects

DIY Puppet Project Logo for WP Puppet TheatreDo It Yourself (DIY) Puppet Projects

Do It Yourself (DIY) Puppet Projects are for the Family or the Classroom teacher looking for a fun puppet project. Puppets can be made from items found around your house or inexpensively at a local craft supplies store.  Promote creativity, imagination and story-telling while bringing the family closer together.

New DIY projects will be featured here for free for a limited time. After that they are available through Teachers Pay Teachers for a small fee. Check it out! 

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FEATURED DIY PROJECT: Jumping People Puppet

Jumping People Puppets DIY

This delightful workshop is based on The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. When the little book was published in 1962 he broke the colour barrier in mainstream children’s publishing. He believed if children saw themselves represented in the books they read it would motivate them to develop a love of reading and literature.

The puppet project asks How do you dress for winter? and walks through making a colourful character that can be scaffolded for various ages.
Click here for complete instructions


Wiggly Snake

Make a wiggly squirmy snake or a slithering dragon puppet, using the simple science principle of rotation and pivots. Then have fun sharing snake facts – like ‘Snakes don’t have eyelids!”

 

Lesson plan and classroom power point for just $2.70 CAN: Teachers Pay Teachers link 


Noisy Puppets

Is it a little quiet around the house? Find a container, fill it with anything and decorate! Now you have your own noise making puppet to used for any kind of celebration:

Lesson plan and classroom power point for just $2.70 CAN: Teachers Pay Teachers link 



Stuffie Puppets

Cats and mice are not normally friends; however, you can find stories where this pairing has led to positive friendships. In Aesops fable, the Lion and the Mouse, a ferocious lion and cowering mouse come to help each other and demonstrate how no kindness is too small.
Students learn basic sewing skills when making these puppets.

Lesson plan and classroom power point for just $2.70 CAN: Teachers Pay Teachers link

 


C-D Elephant & Paper Cup Squirrel PuppetsElephant Puppet made from paper, a CD and a finger. Squirrel cup puppet is paper add ons to the cup. DIY Puppet logo and Earth day logo

These DIYs were created specifically for Earth Day. Earth Day is a great reminder of the things we should be striving to do every day, to take better care of our planet. Up-cycling creatively, is one way WP Puppet Theatre celebrates Mother Earth year-round. These DIYs can be made from repurposed items. Read more about Earth Day and how WPTS reuses items in our blog.

PDF pattern of C-D Elephant & Paper Cup Squirrel


My Brilliant Puppet

What do you do with an idea that might be different, daring or just a little bit wild? Do you hide it, ignore it or pretend it is not yours? Or do you let it grow into something wonderful? This story and puppet making project, is for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a bit too crazy!
What Do You Do with An Idea? By Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom.

Lesson plan and classroom power point for just $2.70 CAN: Teachers Pay Teachers link


Jumping People Puppets Jumping People Puppets DIY

Inspired by the Caldicott winning book “The Snowy Day”  by Ezra Jack Keats, which in 1962, broke the colour barrier in children’s literature with its success. Keats believed that all children should be able to see themselves in books they love. Engaging and honouring children’s imagination.  After making your puppet animate it to express your reactions to winter and snow, because everyone has an opinion! Watch the “Snowy Day”

We have kits available to make these adorable Jumping People Puppets. Buy a supplies kit for 2 or for 30!


One Glove Rod Puppet Colourful Rod Puppet DIY craft for example

How is it that one winter glove always goes missing?  Make the most of the glove that remains! This DIY project is easy for young children to create and allows older children, teens and adults to take the project further in the design, adding details, and in performing.
What will you do with your new home-made puppet?
Perhaps an act of kindness?

Lesson plan and classroom power point for just $2.70 CAN: Teachers Pay Teachers


White dog paper puppet WP Puppet Theatre

DIY Dog-ish Puppet

This puppet is made out of paper, fluff and a black pompom. It’s sort of dog-ish, which reminds me of Peter Reynolds wonderful book “Ish”. Sometimes puppets take over their own making and it’s best not to worry too much about it. After all, a puppet is just a symbol of an idea. https://www.peterhreynolds.com/

 


Spoon Puppet DIY WP Puppet Theatre

DIY Spoon Puppet

Wooden spoons, forks, ladles, potato mashers – no utensil is safe! I love this puppet of Joseph’s Mom on a bad hair day! Note even her pearl necklace. It’s a copy of a puppet made by a young boy from a big family. Made so he could have her companionship while she was so busy. If you’re missing your community, in this time of distancing, make puppets of everyone! (Wink-wink – you get to decide what they say to each other!)

 


DIY Pepper shaker PuppetDIY Peppershaker

Puppets from objects can inspire lots of fun when you act out their characters. Exactly what would a pepper shaker want to say? What could it think about the people at the dining room table? Does it enjoy its job? Would it rather be a different condiment? What would happen if it was allergic to pepper? No object will be safe in your house once you start puppetizing them!

 

 


Bear Puppet DIY WP Puppet Theatre

DIY Pulp Paper Bear

Do you know that cheap construction paper that’s lingering in the back of the cupboard? Or old artsy projects? It would be great for some pulp paper mask – body puppets.

 

 

 


DIY Nature Puppet looks like a duck or bird puppet

DIY Nature Puppet

Get some fresh air and sunshine! Enjoy your walk and look out for interesting twigs, sticks, maybe a pinecone (BUT please don’t break them off the trees) Turn your natural treasure into a puppet with a bit of paint, some feathers, chenille stems and other natural items. Decide on a character and tell its story.

 

 


Cute DIY Glove Puppet made from a glove, big eyes, a pom-pom and pipe-cleaners

DIY Eyeball Glove Puppet

Lost a glove this winter? Give the remaining glove a job! Hot glue on some ping-pong ball eyes or big pompoms, add some hair and maybe a nose. And then you’re ready to talk! (Hint – stretch the glove with a cardboard insert when you glue on the eyes so they are spaced nicely together)