Term: Qtr 2
Start Date: Oct 27
Class Meets: Tuesdays at 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm
Duration: 7 Weeks
Grade Range: 1st - 3rd
Students will discover the art of crafting a cast of playful finger puppets from a variety of materials and techniques! Students will learn how to craft band or ring finger puppets and simple, single finger puppets. They will also transform a glove into five finger puppet friends to tell a tale such as Harry Potter + Hermione, Hagrid, Ron, and McGonagall; Goldilocks + 3 bears and a bed; or their own unique group of 5 story characters. Puppets will begin with a base that students decorate and embellish with facial features such as googly eyes and hair, miniature costumes, and accessories. Students should be able to use scissors for this class.
Throughout the course, the instructor will also share tips and techniques for puppetry performances. At the end of each class, students will show and tell their classmates what they have crafted that week.
By the end of this 6-week course, each student should have 7-10 unique finger puppets. Puppets will be kept by the instructor each week to allow glue to dry and to ensure that all puppets are present on the final day. During the final class meeting, students will showcase, from behind a curtain, a brief skit incorporating all of their puppet creations. Due to space constraints and distancing in the classroom, their audience will be limited to their teacher and classmates, but their performance will be videotaped and e-mailed to parents.
Pair this class with Creative Storytelling, Playful Puppet Workshop, or Acting- Kids Theater to encourage more creative expression and theatrical basics. There is a $10.00 material fee due payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Topics in this Series: Finger Puppets (Quarter 2); Hand Puppets (Quarter 3); and Moving/String Puppets (Quarter 4).