It's fun waving your puppets around as the different characters are mentioned in the Mid Summer Night's Dream story. Shakespeare is a play that's meant to be acted our or spoken or watched, not just read silently to ourselves.
Puppets are a great way to introduce young children to theater without some of the anxiety that some people feel being the performer -- the puppets are the performers which takes some of the pressure off!
After watching the play, the kids can use their imaginations to make their own little tales about how the forest fairies' lives continue on.
I wonder what mischief Puck might get into next!? I wonder what feelings Titania might be having the day after Puck and Oberon tricked her? Puppet play encourages imagination, emotional development, motor skills and storytelling! Even simple, home made puppets like these can provide hours of enjoyment for children of all ages.
- something to colour with
- popsicle sticks and/or wooden skewers
- Optional: thin cardboard and glue
- Colour in the puppets. Have fun and don't be shy to get creative with colours! You can use pencil crayons, markers or paint (I like pencil crayons, my nieces like markers and Kaitlyn likes water colour paints -- pick your favourite or try something you haven't tried before! I'm hoping Kaitlyn buys my watercolour pencil crayons for my birthday this year because they sound neat and seem to combine what I love with what she love)
- Optional: glue the puppets to a piece of thin cardboard (like a cereal box) to make the piece sturdier. Let the glue dry
- Cut out the puppet. This might require a bit of adult assistance for younger children... or they can just cut out a big oval around the character instead of cutting exactly around the lines.
- Tape popsicle sticks or wooden skewers to the back of the puppets. Kailey and Sierra used both to help make the puppet sturdier
- Watch the play and wave your puppets around whenever they are mentioned!
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