DIY: Egg to Caterpillar Rod Puppet

 

 

A few simple steps bring this rod puppet to life! Go from Egg to Larva (even Pupa) with this fun, fuzzy puppet-making activity. The perfect, hands-on way to teach the life cycle of a butterfly!

Want to complete the cycle? Make a colorful “Stained Glass” Shadow Puppet Butterfly here: https://youtu.be/EuLumvoQVWg

 

Follow along to our “DIY From Egg to Caterpillar” Video with these written instructions below:

Supplies:

  • 2 Skewers
  • 1 Plastic Egg (that separates top and bottom)
  • Scissors
  • Sand Paper
  • Maribou Feather boa
  • Drill
  • Hot Glue Gun (keep a small cup of water close by to dip fingers in, in case of drips. It will eliminate burns)

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut a 5-7 inch piece of feather boa 
  2. Sand the skewers until the tips are flattened. 
  3. Drill 2 holes in each egg piece, just large enough to insert the end of a skewer. The skewer tip should just slightly poke out of the egg. 
  4. Glue the skewers in place on both egg pieces
  5. Glue each end of the boa to an egg pice, hiding the skewer in the eggs. 
  6. Hold the ends of the skewers (1 in each hand) and Perform! Tap each skewer on the table to make your puppet dance, slide your hands far away and close together to make your caterpillar “inch.”

 

 

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DIY: Make a “Stained Glass” Butterfly Shadow Puppet

Enjoy this fun and simple way to teach symmetry. 

Design your own butterfly shadow/rod puppet then grab a flashlight and have some fun!

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Supplies: 

  • White Paper
  • Craft Foam
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Markers
  • Pencil
  • Double-stick and Clear tape
  • Plastic Sleeve or Transparency Paper
  • 12-18 inch wooden dowel

 

Vocabulary: 

  • Symmetry- same on both sides, divided by axis of symmetry
  • Opaque- not able to be seen through, light does not pass through
  • Transparent – see through, light passes through
  • Pollinator – an animal that causes plants to make fruit or seeds 

Instructions: 

  1. Fold the craft foam in half. The fold will be the line/axis of symmetry.
  2. On the open end of the craft foam (opposite side of the fold) draw a”3″  with a permanent marker.
  3. With the foam still folded, cut along the line of the “3”
  4. Fold the foam in half at the center of the “3”. Draw a 1/2 circle from one end of the fold to the other. 
  5. Cut out the half circle, then unfold the whole piece of foam to reveal a butterfly shape with open windows on the wings. 
  6. Use a pencil to trace the wing windows onto a white piece of paper, then draw shapes and decorations for the butterfly wings.
  7. Either place the white paper inside of the plastic sleeve, or tape transparency paper on top of the white paper for tracing.
  8. Use a permanent black marker to trace the wing window designs onto the plastic. Be sure to trace the wing shape as well. (Tip, remind small children to only color on the plastic, then put the cap back on the marker).
  9. Cut out the plastic wing windows. Be careful to cut outside of the line to leave at least a 1/4 inch to tape to the butterfly. 
  10. Use double stick tape to tape the plastic windows to the butterfly. 
  11. Use permanent markers to color in your plastic wing windows. (TIP: Place your butterfly over a blank piece of white paper so that you can see the colors. Flip your butterfly over to color on the opposite side of the black marker, so that it doesn’t smear.) 
  12. Place double stick tape in a line on the foam butterfly, along the axis of symmetry, then place the dowel on it. Dowel tip should stick out about 1 inch above the foam. Cover top of dowel with clear tape to cover any sticky spots and to seal dowel to butterfly.

Perform: 

  • FLIGHT- Lay the butterfly flat. Lift the butterfly by the dowel (rod), holding it in one hand. With your pointer finger on top of the rod, shake your hand slightly but quickly, bending at the wrist.  Be gentle. Butterflies are delicate creatures.
  • LIGHT- Find different light sources (flashlight, the sun, lamp light) and different surfaces (white wall, the ground, a sheet, the ceiling).  Create shadows by placing the butterfly between the light source and the surface.
  • Notice the difference between OPAQUE images, (such as the rod and the foam that block the light), and TRANSPARENT images (such as the interior wings that allow light to pass through). Bring your puppet closer and further from the light to see how the shadow grows and changes.

 

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Make a Pop-up Turkey

Liven up your holiday table with this fun and easy family craft! 

Make a Pop-up Turkey from MicheLee Puppets on Vimeo.

The perfect, surprise table-setting or greeting card AND it’s easy to store. PLUS it’s a great lesson in symmetry.

You will need: 

1 file folder
scissors
markers/crayons (for additional decoration)
ruler
pencil
masking tape
a glue stick or double stick tape,
construction paper (we chose yellow, orange and red)
NOTE: Recommended as a family activity. When working together this activity only takes 15-30 minutes. If you prefer to decorate further, it may extend your time.

Directions: 

 

Cut Out Your Pieces

File Folder: Trim your file folder to create straight edges. Then cut a 3″ strip off of the bottom of your file folder.
 
Construction Paper: Cut and fold the construction paper as shown to create turkey feather hearts and a body (be sure to cut from the fold). 
  • For larger heart shapes, fold the paper twice, for smaller shapes fold your paper 3 or 4 times.
  • You may choose to draw 1/2 of a heart on the paper, or simply cut 

 

Decorate

1. Glue or tape your hearts to the 3″ file folder strip. Be sure to arrange so that there is a straight edge at the bottom.
 
2. Glue your turkey body on to the fold of your strip (as shown)
 
3. Cut off any excess as necessary. NOTE: It is best to decorate before attaching your turkey to your card.
 

Attach your Turkey

1. Open up your decorated 3″ strip and the remainder of your file folder.

2. Place the strip at an angle (as shown), matching the folds together.

3.Place 2 masking tape strips (approx. 3″ long) on the back of the decorated strip. (as shown).

4. Fold your strip so that the sticky part of the tape is facing up, then close your card and press down to stick. Adjust as necessary for the perfect pop-up.

 

Be Creative!

Add a name to the front or simply color a design. Then post pictures of your turkeys and tag us on Facebook and Instagram @MicheLeePuppets.

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