My daughter is starting to learn to read and write. It is an exciting and fun process for her so far. We have decided to make a puppet for each letter of the alphabet that she learns. Now a traditional puppet would take a lot of materials and could get quite expensive, so we took a different approach and made puppets on straws and pencils. If you would like to do this as well I will explain the process.
First you are going to need a straw or pencil. Then you will need craft foam sheets in the color of the animal you’re going to make. For this example I am going to use an Alligator for letter Aa. You will also need scissors and glue.
Now that you have your materials we need to start making the puppets.
First cut out the shape of the animal that you are making from the craft foam. For me I would cut out an alligator out of green craft foam sheet. Since some animals are easy to cut out without a template and some aren’t. You might have to find a small template/picture of the animal you are making and trace it first onto the foam and then cut it out.
Next you will cut out any accessories your animal may have (eyes, nose, teeth, whiskers).
Glue those accessories onto the animal and allow it to dry.
You can either cut the eyes out of the craft foam or if you have googly eyes you can use those too.
Once it’s dry, you will need to put glue on the top part of the straw or pencil. But not on the top, just on the side of the pencil or straw up at the top. Just do one line of glue long enough to put your animal on it. Set the straw/pencil down on a piece of newspaper with the glue facing upwards. Gently lay the animal on top of the glue. Then make sure that no one disturbs them until they are completely dry! If you don’t have somewhere safe enough you can even use scotch tape to tape the animal to the straw or pencil.
Once the animal has dried he will need a home. For this we took an old floral foam block that we had got in an arrangement of flowers. With the flowers all gone we can now use this block to poke our puppets into when they are not in play.
It looks great when you start getting 10, 15, or even all 26 together on the foam. And it’s great toys that your child can play with when ever they want. They can role play, they can put on puppet shows, and anything their imagination can come up with.
My child absolutely loves playing with these.