Kids' Activity: Stick Puppets!

by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder

This is one of those projects that is limited only by your imagination. Children have plenty of that! Help your child pick out some of her favorite characters -- from coloring books, favorite stories, print out pages off the 'net, magazines, or even those she draws herself!

Place chosen picture over a piece of sturdy paper, card stock, poster board, or cardboard. Carefully cut out the figure. (Adults may need to do this for their child.) Help the child glue the two together with the colored side facing out.

Next, lay the figure face down on the table. Put several drops of glue on one side of a Popsicle stick and then glue to the back of the figure. Generally, you will do well placing the stick on the bottom half of the puppet. You want to make sure enough is left for the child to hold in her hand.

Or if you are feeling especially creative today, make a life-size stick puppet with a lath stick for each hand. Cut the shape of your puppet from stiff poster board or cardboard. Paint, layer, collage or decorate with fabric, yarn, feather and whatever other goodies are in your craft box. Then glue at least 3 inches of stick to the back of the puppet. Let dry well.

Create a cast of characters and put on your own puppet show! Choose story book characters, heroic favorites, or just simply silly faces! You can add sequins, glitter, yarn for hair, and more if you'd like even more pizazz!

Have fun!

Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!

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