Make Your Own Puppet Theatre

I promised a while back to put up a tutorial for making a puppet theatre like the amazing one made for “I Want My Hat Back!” for Little Angel Theatre by Sam Wilde.

Then in July I was commissioned to make it by the lovely Magic Carpet Arts in Exeter ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s a very easy make with a little help from a grown up if you’re under the age of eight – and always remember be careful with scissors whatever your age!

Take care and have fun everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

This Is Not My Hat – Little Angel Theatre

The second puppet show from super-talented Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilder, this one based on another Jon Klassen picture book “This Is Not My Hat”, and it is wonderful! Take a look, it’s free to view on the Little Angel Theatre youtube channel. Kudos to John Klassen and his publishers Walker Books for giving permission for this puppet adaptation – they must be chuffed with the outcome.

And have a go at making your own simple puppets and theatre like the ones in the show. I’ll put up some ideas for this soon, just in case you’re a bit stuck, but really all you need is a biggish cardboard box for the theatre and some cereal-packet type card for the puppets, have a go! ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care and look after one another everyone!

X Claire

I Want My Hat Back Puppet Show!

I just watched the premiere of a puppet show inspired by Jon Klassen’s book “I Want My Hat Back“. It was created entirely during the Covid 19 lockdown, for the Little Angel Theatre Company, here in the UK. It’s now on the Little Angel Theatre’s Youtube channel and available for the next 14 days, and it’s wonderful

Something to enjoy and smile about on this locked-down Easter Monday. Stay well everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Make Your Own Eggbox Puppet

Make Your Own

Egg Box Hand Puppet & Mini Easter Egg Holder

This is a super-easy make for ages five and up – even doable for younger children if grownups lend a hand. Make sure if you use scissors or a stapler that an adult helps you ๐Ÿ™‚

Create a frog, owl, lion, hippo hand puppet (whatever animal you like!) from an old eggbox and basic art materials. And if you fill it with mini chocolate eggs it makes a great Easter present!

Materials

An eggbox

Felt tips/Coloured Pencils/Crayons

Poster paint – optional

Collage materials: Fabric, Coloured and patterned paper etc

Glue – PVA, pritt stick

Thin card/strong paper

Tools

Scissors

Glue gun (optional)

Stapler and staples or sticky tape

Method

1 Decide what creature you want to make your eggbox into

2 Draw a simple design onto your egg box

3 Paint (if youโ€™re using paint) or colour your eggbox with pencils and felt tips

4 Then get sticking! Glue on cutout fabric and papers for the skin/fur/feathers, and add details like eyes, beaks, ears and wings last of all

5 Cut out a strip of strong paper or thin card about 3cm wide x 24cm long to make a โ€œhandleโ€ for your puppet

6 Staple or sticky tape one end of the strip to the inside edge of your eggbox creature

7 Loop your paper strip over the top of the eggbox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Attach the other end of the strip to the other inside edge of the eggbox, making sure you can fit your hand in between the strap and the top of the eggbox. Cut off any excess strip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Fill with chocolate eggs and give to your favourite person!

 

Puppets in Exeter

I was very lucky to get the opportunity to sit in on some undergraduate puppetry sessions at Exeter University recently. Led by the brilliant Cariad ย Astles, I got a real insight into performing with puppets and working out what makes a good performance and puppetry piece.

Really interesting, and extremely useful for a kids puppet show project I have got on the bubble… I managed to sketch some of the students rehearsing with their puppets, great body poses and faces. Here they are, and pictures of the puppets they were using.

Prop making for Alice in Wonderland

The guys have been very busy making all kinds of props for their production of Alice in Wonderland recently. They really are lovely and I think it’s going to look very special when they perform on May 17th in Honiton. Here are a few of the puppets and masks we made last week…