The Topic:
Puppets

Easier - A puppet is a figure or doll made to look like a person or an animal. Puppets are controlled by people. Some puppets fit over the hand or a finger. Others have strings or rods that are moved from above or below.
 
Harder - Puppets are artificial figures whose movements are controlled by a person. They are inanimate objects that are manipulated so as to appear to be moving. The person who operates them is called a puppeteer. Puppets are moved by hand or by strings, wires, or rods. Puppet figures are made to represent a person, animal, plant, or an object. Puppets appear as characters in plays called puppet shows.
 
All About Puppets from Disney's Family.com
http://family.go.com/crafts/buildmodel/specialfeature/puppets_crafts_sf/
This comprehensive site has everything you need to stage a show-stopping puppet production.
 
No Strings Attached by N.M.J. Burley
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/neil.burley/Page1.html
Here you can find out how to make and operate your own puppets, build your stage area, use scenery and props, set up your own puppet group, and lots more.
Similar Website:
2) Puppetry Home Page from Sunnie BunnieZZ
http://sunniebunniezz.com/puppetry/puppet.htm
 
Puppet Resource Center at Legends & Lore
http://www.legendsandlore.com/index.html
Visit this website if you are interested in puppets and how to use them. Learn how to make a sack or sock puppet and how to make your own puppet show!
 
Puppetry from Sagecraft Productions
http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/
This comprehensive website is a one-stop, find just about everything about puppetry, kind of site. It contains information about puppet organizations, puppet theaters, festivals, types of puppets, traditions, uses, exhibits, schools and workshops, building and builders, and performers.
Not-To-Be-Missed Sections:
2) Puppetry Building and Building Materials http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/building/index.html
3) Using Puppetry http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/using/index.html#plays
  
After visiting several of the websites, complete one or more of the following projects:
 
Make Your Own Puppet. You can find directions and assistance at many of the puppet websites plus these listed here.
1) Bumble Bee Finger Puppet http://www.clevercreations.com/beepattern.html
2) Finger Puppet http://www.kidscarnival.com/puppet.html
3) Hand Puppets from PBS http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/zoom/do/handpuppet.html
4) How To Make A Marionette at Puppets 2000 http://www.puppets2000.com/index6a.html
5) How To Make A Rod Puppet at Puppets 2000 http://www.puppets2000.com/index6b.html
6) Lets Make A Paper Bag Puppet http://www.themaninthemoon.com/makea1.htm
7) Make A Puppet from Kids Domain http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/_puppet.html
8) Make A Sock-A-Saurus from PuppetWorld http://puppetworld.com/makepuppets.htm
9) Paper Bag Puppet http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/circus/mclown.html
10)Paper Bag Puppets from FunRoom
http://tac.shopnetmall.com/www.funroom.com/paperbagpuppet.html
11)Puppets and Marionettes from Enchanted Learning
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/puppets/
12)Raccoon Puppet http://www.ri.net/schools/Central_Falls/ch/heazak/corn2.html
13)Sock Puppets from Legends and Lore http://www.legendsandlore.com/sockpuppets.html
 
Make A Shadow Puppet Theater. You can find lots of help at Make A Shadow Puppet Theater! from Old Sturbridge Village Kids Club, Make a Shadow Theater and a Puppet of Your Own from The Christian Science Monitor, and Shadow Puppet Theater at PBS.
 
Write and Perform Your Own Puppet Scripts. You can perform the puppet scripts that you find at the websites. But you also may want to write and perform you own productions. You will find assistance and information at the following websites:
1) Aesop's Fables http://www.aesopfables.com/
2) Free Script Archives from Puppet Productions
http://www.puppetproductions.com/free_script_archive.htm
3) Make Your Own Virtual Puppet Show at Early Childhood
http://puppet.earlychildhood.com/puppet.html
4) Myths, Folktales and Fairy Tales from Scholastic http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mff/index.htm
5) Puppet Scripts from Legends and Lore http://www.legendsandlore.com/scripts.html
6) Scripts from Punch & Judy On the Web
http://www.punchandjudy.com/scriptsframeset.htm
7) Writing Puppet Scripts from Legends and Lore
http://www.legendsandlore.com/puppetscript.html
 
Send Someone A Puppet Show. Go to Finger Puppet Cutouts at Blue Mountain.
 
Complete A Puppet WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at one of the following webQuest sites:
1) Jurassic Puppets by B.Heitzman (Grades 7-9)
http://edservices.aea7.k12.ia.us/edtech/teacherpages/bheitzman/index.html
2) P is for Puppet by D. Schraeder (Kindergarten) http://www.esu3.org/curriculum/puppet/
3) Strings & Things by M. McKeller
http://www.ips.k12.in.us/webquest/k2/la/spring00/mckeller/strings/strings/pod.htm
4) What On Earth Are Shadow Puppets? by D. Woessner
5) World of Puppets by C. Jennings (Grades K-2)
http://www.itdc.sbcss.k12.ca.us/curriculum/puppetry.html
 
Websites By Kids For Kids
Puppet Project (Grade 3) from Weller Elementary in Fairbanks, Alaska
http://www.northstar.k12.ak.us/schools/wlr/studentwork/Photo_Essay/puppetessay.html
This is a photo essay about puppets the students made and plays that they performed.
 
More Puppets Websites
Karakuri
http://www.cjn.or.jp/karakuri/index.html
Learn about the Japanese puppets called "karakuri-ningyo" that can move by themselves. This site has essays about these traditional puppets and their uses.
 
Make Puppets
http://www.snapdragonpuppets.com/makepuppet.html
This brief site outlines and illustrates the steps taken to produce a mouth and rod style of puppet.
 
Puppet Building Information from Nick Barone Puppets
http://www.puppetbuilder.com/info/index.html
Learn more about puppets and puppet building.
Related Websites:
2) Puppetry Building and Building Materials http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/building/
 
Puppeteers' Cooperative Home Page
http://www.gis.net/~puppetco/index.html
This site provides resources for making giant puppets for parades and festivals.
 
Puppets at KBOB
http://www.kbob.com/puppetry/
Follow one person's journey into puppets and puppetry.
 
Puppets With A Purpose from UNICEF
http://www.unicef.org/puppets/
Find out how puppets have been helping people throughout the world and why they are seen as both educational and entertaining.
 
Strings, Springs and Finger Things: A New Puppet Collection
from the Canadian Museum of Civilization
http://www.civilization.ca/arts/ssf/ssf00eng.html
This museum site has everything there is to know about hand puppets, marionettes and others.
 
Websites For Teachers
Newsworthy Paper-Mache Puppet Heads (Grades 3-6) by M.B. Lewison
http://www.askeric.org/Virtual/Lessons/Interdisciplinary/INT0049.html\
This lesson involves student role playing as they make a paper mache puppet head to fit the role he or she has chosen.
 
Paper Bag Puppets (Grades Pre-school to K)
http://www.dltk-kids.com/type/paper_bag.htm
Here you find a collection of plans for making paper bag puppets.
 
Make a Puppet that Looks Like You from Weekly Reader
http://www.weeklyreader.com/features/acarcpk1.html
Help children make puppets out of flat-bottomed paper bags. Then use the puppets in a get-acquainted language activity.
 
Punch and Judy Show from Educate the Children
http://www.educate.org.uk/teacher_zone/classroom/history/unit1_lesson4.htm
This lesson focuses on the popular 'Punch and Judy' shows and their importance in history.
 
Puppets in the Drama Classroom
http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Alley/3765/puppets.html
Puppetry is a great way to bring more reticent or shy children out of their shells, and to help everyone become more expressive. This site contains several puppet lessons.
 
 
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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 12/01.