31 days of unplugged play: Stick Puppets

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today’s unplugged play idea is stick puppets.  

Have fun creating puppets, which is a slightly messy craft that is lots of fun and very creative.  Later, use your stick puppets to act out stories and put on a stick puppet play together.  You could even include your stick puppets in some cardboard castle play from one of our earlier Unplugged Play activities.

Supplies and materials

  • craft sticks or popsicle sticks (or even strips of cardboard)
  • glue or tape
  • scrap bits of felt, paper, fabric
  • markers
  • a bit of patience for the drying time if you’re using glue

Today we’re making stick puppets so that we can act out some of our favorite stories.

Earlier this year, for homeschool, my daughter Jillian made the stick puppets above to go with the book Frindle, which she loved.

Again, these can be as simple or as elaborate as you and your kids want to make them.  Have fun!

Need a little more direction or inspiration?

  1. What about sock puppets instead?
  2. Or finger puppets?
  3. Or even just drawing faces on your fingers with washable markers?
  4. You could make puppets to go along with a favorite story.
  5. Make puppets of your family.
  6. Make puppets of neighborhood helpers – doctor, fire fighter, policeman, letter carrier, farmer, etc.
  7. Make animal puppets.

Looking ahead

Later this week you’ll need glitter and an empty jar or honey bear container.  This weekend you’ll need a few pieces of unfinished wood or a decent sized tree branch and a small saw and some minor woodworking skills (minor, I promise).  Stay tuned!

Just joining us? Find 31 Days of Unplugged Play here.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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