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Watch a Puppet Show, Then Make Your Own and Put on a Show!

04/08/2020 | @Home Activities for Kids

Professor Watermelon Story Time

Escape into a world of imagination each week with Professor Watermelon and his puppet friends. Enjoy great books, fun songs, and educational facts during this online story time series. Join us on Facebook every Wednesday morning at 10:00 am to hear a new program by Professor Watermelon! Can't join us live? We'll share the video on our YouTube channel at 10:30 am. This program is made possible thanks to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Tune in to the Edmonton Public Library on Youtube to see these puppet shows:

You can get another inside look at puppets by taking a video tour inside Peewinkle's Puppet Studio in Indianapolis. For even more behind-the-scenes inspiration watch this video to learn how the Sesame Street puppeteers bring Elmo, Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Abby Cadabby, and Rudy to life!

There are some wonderful workshops available online from puppet theatres all over the country. A wonderful one comes from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Watch Fort Wayne Youtheatre's video and use their workshop guide to learn how to create your own shadow puppet theatre and shadow puppets. More workshops will come out on their YouTube channel on Thursdays.

Also try New Victory Theatre's Arts Break at Home Puppetry Week.

Still looking for puppet activities? The Jim Henson Foundation is providing links to online performances and workshops provided by grantees from their Foundation.

Are you ready to create yet? Here are some printable patterns and templates to get you started!

Puppet Projects from Old Socks to Paper to Clay

Upcycle items from your craft bin or trash can, add your creative storytelling, and put on a puppet play! #indyplkids

Puppet Play

20 Puppet Projects Made With Recycled Mittens, Towels, Socks, and More!

Schoenbrun, Diana

Paper Puppet Palooza

Techniques for Making Moveable Art Figures and Paper Dolls

Toraya, Norma V.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Angleberger, Tom

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.