This project requires some preparation time and may involve more than one class session, but the results are worth it! Part of the fun is having the children use their imagination to make their puppets look as artful, colorful and "dressed up" as materials and time permit. A puppet gallery with a delightful group of
puppets and marionettes from history is included. Twelve steps and photos give the students plenty of support and design options for their projects. A puppet can serve as an individual or group project, encouraging teamwork and developing communication skills!
Teachers may want to include a presentation of the use of puppets and marionettes in different cultures. Puppet theater has centuries-old traditions that are rooted in nearly every world community and the skills of the puppeteer are often learned over many years of apprenticeship. Performances involving marionettes delight audiences of all ages, and in developing countries their significance may also be linked with religion.
This arts and activity project is guaranteed to give first, second and third graders an exciting and educational encounter with art materials and the ancient traditions of puppet making!