Joanna Anastasia

paper craft

Paper puppet theatre

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My daughter loves puppets. It may be a family issue:). When I was little I used to love going to the Puppet Theatre. It was a magical place, in a baroque style building next to an old park by the river. You get the picture ? Magical. So couple of days ago, when it was raining, I decided to make some easy paper puppets. Since there is no Puppet Theatre around here, we can play that we have one at home! Here is what we used :

Colourful paper sheets
Wooden sticks
Plastic eyes
Empty Kleenex box
Glue
Scissors

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I drew a simple teddy head on a black sheet of paper, cut it out, and then give to my daughter to glue the mouth, nose (small paper triangles) and plastic eyes.

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Than she glued the wooden stick.

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Then I cut another three triangles : one for the foxes head, and two for the ears:

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And it was up to Lili to glue it all together :

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Then I took the empty Kleenex box, and I’ve cut off one side and the top. Then we glued the craft paper around it. My daughter choose the colours πŸ™‚ I’ve cut the paper. Β It was team work :).

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And here she is, in her room, plying a “Teddy and a little fox from the woods” πŸ™‚ !

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We have so much fun pretending that we run a puppet theatre ! What other animals would you like to have in the paper puppet theatre? I have a feeling that soon we’ll be adding some new characters to our play !

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Painted scraps collage

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We made this collage couple of weeks ago, on one of these cold winter mornings ( yes we still had winter not that long ago).
I have noticed a pile of her paintings falling of the shelf with craft stuff, and had decided that we could actually reuse them in to something new and fun. If you have kids you probably have lots of old drawings and painting that you are not sure if you should keep them or frow away. I say : reuse !
So I started by cutting long straps from her old paintings. I guess that if your child is a bit older you can let them do it.

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Then I gave her glue and paper straps, and showed her how to glue them one next to another. She got it quite fast ;

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I really love all projects that recuires concetration and manipulation of small objects, I feel that my toddler is not only having fun but also learning and practicing new skills:) .