Puppet Central: Puppets, Books, and Make-it/Take-it

                                                                          Marilyn Kinsella



A three-hour workshop to introduce day care providers to easy, inexpensive ways to bring literature to life with puppetry


Each workshop attendee will:

bullet Be exposed to a variety of puppets: Lap puppets, Monkey Mitt, Finger puppets, Hand Puppets, Rod puppets
bullet Be exposed to a variety of books on puppetry
bullet Will make a monkey mitt and puppet pieces
bullet Will make a finger puppet
bullet Will learn fingerplay and monkey mitt verses
bullet Will write her own fingerplay and monkey mitt verses


6:30 7:30 Workshop leader will demonstrate several ways in which puppets can be used to enhance stories and books through performance and lecture.

7:30 8:00 Workshop leader will demonstrate uses of the monkey mitt and finger puppets. And the group will have the chance to make up their own verses.

8:00 9:30 Tables will be set up with materials to make a monkey mitt, a finger puppet or sock puppet, a busy bee puppet, and a caterpillar puppet.


Materials Needed:

*One for each participant

Caterpillar Puppets

From Sherri Osborn,
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Bear shares instructions for making a fun caterpillar using a sock!

Materials Needed:

bullet Cotton Sock
bullet Yarn
bullet Buttons
bullet Pom-poms
bullet Pipe Cleaners
bullet Ribbon
bullet Glue
bullet Markers

Glue a variety of pom-poms (or cotton balls), buttons, yarn, and/or ribbon onto the sock to make a colorful caterpillar. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and push both of them through the toe of the sock to make antennae. Use a marker to dry eyes and a mouth if you want. Wear the sock on your arm to make a fun puppet.


Busy Bee Puppet

Instructions to make a puppet that looks like a bee sitting on a flower.

Materials Needed:

bullet Paper Plate
bullet Black Glove (stretchy kind works well!)
bullet Glue
bullet Wiggle Eyes
bullet Felt
bullet 1 Inch Pom-Pom
bullet Pipecleaner

Color your paper plate what ever flower color you want. Cut around the edge of the paper plate to make petal shapes (figure 1). Cut a hole in the center of the paper plate that is just big enough for your index finger to fit through (figure 2).

Put on the glove and poke your index finger through the hole in the paper plate. The finger will be your bee puppet! Glue the pom-pom to the end of the finger. Glue the wiggle eyes onto the pom-pom. Cut short pieces of pipe cleaner for the bees antennae, and glue them onto the pom-pom. Cut thin strips of yellow felt and glue them around the finger to look like the bee's stripes. Use felt and make wings for your bee and glue them on. Once the glue is dry, you can slip your hand into the glove and play with your puppet. It looks really great when you make your bee wiggle and dance!


New ideas since workshop:


Duckling Glove Puppet (need one yellow rubber or even a cloth glove, 5 orange felt triangles for noses,  10 sequins or googly eyes, feathers (optional)

From Christa Vaghi

Make a duckling for each finger

Recommended finger plays:


5 little ducks went out to play
over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said
"Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack"
and only 4 little ducks came back.
(continue to count down to zero then.....)
When Daddy duck said
"Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack"
5 little ducks came running back





"The workshop was wonderful. I'll use a lot of the ideas."


"It was fun being creative and making the puppets."


"Tonight was delightful as it always is. I enjoy listening to your stories, your practical ides for puppet making were WONDERFUL. Thanks so much!"


"I really enjoyed Puppet Central. Marilyn really kept my interest. Thanks!"