For today’s post I’m joining with Emma, writer of P is for Preschooler, to share with you two versions of child-made Christmas puppets. So when you’re done reading this post be sure to pop on over to see what Emma and her lovely daughter came up with.
For LittleMan’s puppets, we were inspired by the classic Halloween craft: lollipop ghosts. I suggested to LittleMan that if we used red tissue paper instead of white, we could make the lollipop look like Santa. LittleMan then suggested green for an elf and yellow for a reindeer. I suppose you could also use white for a snowman but we didn’t go that route.
Once LittleMan decided on the color of tissue paper for each puppet, I gathered the rest of the materials we’d need: lollipops, construction paper, scissors, markers, pipe cleaner, wire (could use tape or ribbon instead).
First we wrapped the lollipops in tissue paper and trimmed the excess tissue. I suggested to LittleMan that we draw faces on skin colored construction paper and glue or tape those faces to the front of the puppet but LittleMan insisted on drawing faces directly onto the colored tissue paper.
Each of the puppets required a little something extra besides a face. LittleMan and I agreed that the Santa puppet needed a hat and the reindeer puppet needed antlers, however we disagreed about the elf. I thought a green hat would be best but LittleMan felt pointy ears were more important so that is what we went with. LittleMan cut out the construction paper Santa hat and elf ears himself and I taped them to the puppets.
I fashioned a pipe cleaner into reindeer antlers and LittleMan taped that on to the puppet.
Since these were a first attempt at lollipop Christmas puppets, we realized after the fact that there could be much room for improvement. Next time I plan to purchase small white pompoms to glue around the base of the Santa hat and perhaps a small red or black pompom for the reindeer nose.
My favorite puppet is the elf, his ears are so big he looks like Yoda.
It is a little difficult to draw a face on a 3D object if you’re used to drawing on flat surfaces. They aren’t quite as pretty as I had pictured in my mind but this is what real child-made art looks like, and this is what builds confidence and creativity that will follow him later in life. Plus it was just fun to make!
For comparison I made my own Santa puppet following LittleMan’s directions.
Now hop on over to P is for Preschooler for a child-made Christmas puppet version that uses spoons instead of lollipops.