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Popsicle Stick Puppets

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Location: Indoor
Promotes: Arts & Crafts, Imagination
How to play

How it Plays

Set out sheets of wrapping paper with pictures, old magazines, or blank paper for your child to cut up. Discuss what kinds of characters and props your child would like for her puppet show. Find them among the magazine pages, or have her draw them. Cut out the pictures, and tape or glue them to Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, or spoons.

Create a stage by ducking behind a sofa or low table or by tacking a towel across a doorway. Help your child develop a play by asking questions:

  • What would you like your puppets to do?
  • Are they going somewhere?
  • Are they friends, or do they fight with each other?
  • Demonstrate how to move the puppets around while making different voices for the characters. Then become the audience, and watch the fun.

    What You''ll Need

  • Wrapping paper with characters, animals and vehicles, or magazines with photos that can be cut out. Personal snapshots also work if you don't mind cutting them up.
  • White glue, paste, or tape
  • Round-tip scissors
  • Popsicle sticks, wooden chopsticks, or plastic spoons

  • Learning and Growing

    Nothing builds language skills like putting on a play. Making and playing with puppets develops fine-motor skills as well. This is also a great activity for a playdate, since kids have to cooperate in deciding on characters and the stories they are going to act out.

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