How to Make Craft Paper Stick Puppets

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on now that many of our bellies are full of delicious Halloween treats. My favorite part of Thanksgiving, and I bet is yours as well, is getting to spend time with all of my nieces and nephews under the same roof. With a busy day of preparing a wonderful meal, there tends to be down time that needs to be filled.

If you face similar scenarios during your family’s Thanksgiving day, why not put your children in charge of making their own scrap paper stick puppets for a holiday play that’s all about taking turkey. You don’t need a lot of supplies to create a colorful cast that will keep everyone entertained while dinner is in the works.

Materials

  • Wooden craft discs – 2″
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Scrap papers – construction papers, wrapping papers, scrapbook papers, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Fringe scissors
  • Glue
  • Google eyes

Instructions

To get your turkey puppet going, start by gluing two smaller googly eyes to one side of the wooden craft discs. Let the glue dry completely.

While the eyes are drying, work on creating the turkey’s colorful feathers. Free-hand cut 3-4 leaf shapes from your scrap papers.

Fringe both sides of the feathers by making cuts with fringe scissors all the way around each piece. If you don’t have fringe scissors, make multiple small snips with your everyday scissors. Turn your wooden disc over and glue the feathers to the back. Again, let dry.

To complete your turkey’s look, free-hand cut a small beak, wattle and legs from your construction paper scraps. Glue the beak and wattle the face and add the legs to the back of the disc. Let dry.

The final step before show time: glue a wooden craft stick to the back of the turkey to act as the puppet stick. Once it’s been glued and allowed to try, it’s time for your turkey to take center stage on Thanksgiving.

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