Wednesday, September 22, 2010
How to make a talking puppet
As you fold and tell, make sure that the viewers can get a good look at each change as you go along.
Story: One day I was at home with nothing to do. I heard a knock at the door. I went to the door and opened it, but no one was there. (Open and shut the paper like a door.)
Story: I looked all around the outside of the house, but didn't see anybody. When I turned around to go back inside, I saw something on the front porch.
Story: There was an envelope! Somebody had left me a letter. I picked it up and read the message. It said:
Climb the hill behind your house,
There you'll find a friend.
Not a dog, or cat, or mouse,
Just fun without an end!
Instructions: Fold the right and the left corners down so that what was the top edge now lies along the middle foldline. Now it's a hill. Show the hill to your audience.
Story: Fun without an end! That sounded good to me, so I ran right around the back of the house. There was a little hill there. I often climbed up and and played on it, but I had never seen anything unusual there. I wondered what was waiting for me at the top. I started to climb up the hill.
Story: When I reached the top of the hill I looked all around, searching for whoever sent me the note. Off to one side I saw a little low house, like a doghouse. I'd never seen that here before. I wondered if there could be something, or someone, inside.
Instructions: Fold up the lower two corners so that the bottom edges lie along the line formed by the center colored portion. Tuck the corners of the lower folds under the upper ones.
Story: I looked inside the little house. I saw some kind of bundle. I wasn't sure what it was. (Turn the model over and over to show how it looks like a wrapped up bundle.) So I gave it a poke.
Story: All of a sudden the thing opened its eyes and spoke to me! It said, "Do you like songs?" "Yes, I like songs," I said. "Well, sing along with me then!" And it started to sing.
(Introduce a fun song, or use the puppet to introduce another story, or any other activity.)
This is an easy model for children to learn. Once they have made their talking puppet, they can add other features if they want to, like a nose, a tongue, hair, eyebrows, etc.