How to Make Puppets for "The Grouchy Ladybug"

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How to Make Puppets for "The Grouchy Ladybug"
"The Grouchy Ladybug" teaches a lesson about getting along with others. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Eric Carle's book "The Grouchy Ladybug" teaches a lesson about how to treat the people we encounter each day. The ladybug challenges every creature she sees to a fight, but none will oblige. Each character in the story is bigger than the last. Finally, the ladybug learns her lesson and makes her way back to the aphid-covered leaf. Make the 15 story puppets from felt, each one larger as the story continues.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Felt or craft foam
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Craft sticks (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut two ovals from red felt to make the ladybug. On one oval, glue scraps of black felt for the head, wings and spots. Glue the ovals together around the edges, leaving an open space along the bottom of the ladybug (and each creature in the set) for a craft stick or finger to fit inside the puppet.

  2. 2

    Make a second ladybug as in Step 1.

  3. 3

    Cut two small mouths: one frown shape and one smile shape. Glue one onto each of the ladybirds to have a grouchy and a friendly ladybug puppet.

  4. 4

    Draw a leaf shape onto green felt. Cut two layers for a puppet and glue around the edges, leaving an opening for a craft stick or finger. Make small aphids from grey or white felt and glue them onto the front side of the leaf.

  5. 5

    Glue together two black elongated ovals for a bee. Glue on yellow felt scraps for bee stripes and two white wings. Add optional black legs and feelers.

  6. 6

    Form a beetle from two rectangles of brown felt. Glue on some felt legs, feelers and eyes.

  7. 7

    Make a long, slender praying mantis from green felt. Give him some legs, feelers, praying arms and red eyes.

  8. 8

    Glue two tan oval shapes together for a sparrow. Cut and glue on a head with beak, two wings and a tail.

  9. 9

    Cut red felt for a long-slender lobster. Give him two pincher arms, six legs and a tail.

  10. 10

    Trace and cut out a black skunk from felt. Glue white tail stripes and eyes onto this puppet.

  11. 11

    Create a boa constrictor from green felt, either stretched out or curled up. Glue eyes and a tongue onto his head.

  12. 12

    Draw or trace a hyena onto two pieces of yellow or tan felt and cut it out. Glue the pieces together. Add eyes, ears, a nose and a tail.

  13. 13

    Form a gorilla from a large brown oval. Glue on a tan face. Add eyes and a mouth.

  14. 14

    Trace an elephant and rhinoceros onto grey felt. Cut out and glue the shapes. Add tusks, eyes, ears, tails and the elephant's trunk.

  15. 15

    Cut a long, black whale with a tail and fins attached. Glue on a white belly.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to make each creature larger than the one that precedes it in the story.

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