Pencil Puppets - Children will love creating their own personalized pencil puppets to use in the classroom or to give as gifts.

Pencil Puppets 15 minutes
An Activity for School-Age Children

Goals:
  • To reinforce shape recognition
  • To encourage creativity and fine motor skills
  • To create an amusing puppet decoration

Before You Start:
Gather craft foam in a variety of colors (poster board or recycled cardboard are also good options). Provide wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, decorative collage items, scissors, pencils and Colorations® markers. You may prepare small bowls of Colorations® Washable School Glue ahead of time for the activity.

Let's Begin:

STEP 1:
Draw any shape on a piece of paper and cut it out. Then, to create identical front and back pieces, trace the cut shape onto a sheet of craft foam in two places.
STEP 2:
Cut out the shapes, making sure they are the same size.
STEP 3:
Create a unique face on one side of one or both foam shapes with markers or other craft materials.
STEP 4:
While making sure to leave a pencil-sized opening near the bottom, glue the two shapes together.
STEP 5:
Once the glue has finished drying, perch your one-of-a-kind pencil puppet on top of a pencil!

Furthermore:
The foam shapes can also be made into magnets to keep or use as gifts. Simply glue shapes together and omit the opening for pencils. Attach a small piece of magnetic strip to the back side and hang it up!

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