St. Patrick's Puppet

pattypuppet These charming, easy-to-make puppets are a fun St. Patrick's craft!

Goals:

  • To create a whimsical leprechaun puppet for St. Patrick's Day
  • To encourage creativity and build fine motor skills
  • To provide opportunities for dramatic play and storytelling

Before You Start: Gather black, green and yellow construction paper, glue/ glue sticks and tape. Have children recycle a clean paper lunch bag from home (or the teacher may want to provide some). Prepare bowls of Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint and brushes. Set out Colorations® crayons, markers and other collage materials for the children to decorate their leprechauns, such as wiggly eyes, glitter, pom-poms and buttons. Create a few simple examples of what each of leprechaun's parts may look like to show children before they begin. Note: Although the teacher should create examples to start the creative process, please allow the child to create his own leprechaun. It is not necessary for a child’s project to look like the real thing. Allow the child to be creative.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Demonstrate to children how to paint the flattened paper bags with green paint except for the bottom of the bag. The bottom will be the leprechaun’s head and face. Have children paint their own lunch bags and set aside to dry.

Step 2. Provide children with their own sheets of construction paper, and if needed, help trace and cut out arms, hats and shoes.

Step 3. Once bags are dry, show children how to tape or glue the arms into the side flaps of the bags. This is easier if the bags are opened slightly and the arms are taped so they reach forward in a hugging motion.

Step 4. Allow children to decorate and personalize their puppets any way they like. Have them draw on their leprechaun's face and body with crayons and markers and then glue on arms, wiggly eyes, buttons for a suit/shirt and other accessories they have cut out. Children could also make bowties out of construction paper or remnants of ribbon to glue on their bags.

Step 5. Now everyone has a puppet for St. Patrick's Day play! Have children form small groups and work as a team to create a short St. Patrick's Day story. Or, simply display around the classroom for a holiday theme.

Furthermore: Puppets provide an ideal opportunity to expand children's creativity through imaginative play. You may want to have children act out puppet shows to demonstrate the stories they've created in their groups. Or, gather the class in a large group and have children take turns sharing their puppets.

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