puppets are great fun to make and will keep children happily busy for
hours. You will find that once they have completed their first puppet,
they will want to make all the other characters too. It can become a
great hobby and a wonderful outlet for creativity.
puppet can take from half an hour to one hour, depending on the age of
the children and how many are taking part in the workshop. Typically, a
six year old child could take up to 1 hour to make a puppet, whereas a
ten year old might do it in twenty minutes. While I recommend the
minimum age for taking part in these workshops is six years, with a
little extra help, younger children can, and often do, take part.
There are lots of
characters to choose from (see below) or alternatively, if your child
has a favourite animal, I will design a puppet especially for them.
Each child is
given a piece of A4 size card with the puppet design already drawn out.
Your child will then colour in all the different shapes, usually with
crayons. After all the shapes have been coloured in, they are then all
cut out very carefully. Some of the shapes are then folded (all fold
lines have been pre-marked). When all these steps have been completed,
the pieces are brought to me to be stapled together forming the 3D
shape of the head. Then, to finish off, the ears, eyes, nose and
whiskers are slotted into the head and Hey Presto!..... one origami
style puppet. Your child puts their hand into the back of the puppet
and can open and close its mouth. And that's Magic!