This topic has been by far the most popular with the Art Cabin kids to date. Their imaginations have run riot, creating characters, giving them personalilties, funny voices and storylines to act out in the puppet theatre (which will feature in my next post).
All of these puppets started off as a sock. An oval mouth piece cut from thick card was backed with a 3mm thick rubber sheet (we got that from the Wot-Ever scrap store in Welwyn). Glue was applied around the edges of the mouth piece and placed at the toe seam of the sock and stuck in place (I used the glue gun to do this for the children, I don’t think PVA would be tough enough).
The sock is then turned right side out. A small piece of rolled up fleece (small sausage size) was glued inside the head area to define the nose and forhead. The young artists chose their puppet’s features from an array of pom poms, googly eyes and foam bits. Hair was made from wool and fun fur, although one puppet does have a delightful mane of synthetic hair.
At present the children are creating storylines for their puppet performances which will be held on ‘Talent Show Day’ at school nearer Christmas.