Puss in Boots Puppet Crafts

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"Puss in Boots" is a lively children's tale about a young man who was disappointed with the inheritance his father left him. While his two older brothers divided the wealth, he was left only with the family cat. Puss the cat tells his new master that he will not be disappointed for long. Puss asked his master to provide him with some boots. Armed with his charm and his fancy new boots, Puss sets out on an adventure that eventually turns his miller master into a stately prince. Help the classic story of "Puss in Boots" come alive with puppet craft ideas.

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Finger Puppets

Create finger puppets to use in telling the story of "Puss in Boots." Cut a piece of tan or brown felt into a rectangle, wrap the rectangle around a finger and glue it together. Slip it off the finger, sew it for stability and then trim the edges. Embellish the finger puppet to look like the characters from the story, "Puss in Boots." Create a small hat and embellish it with a feather for a Puss puppet. Cut boots out of felt and glue or sew them to the bottom of the finger puppet. Use markers, beads and felt scraps to make the facial features and clothing. Another way to make "Puss in Boots" finger puppets is to cut the fingers off of a knit glove to use as the puppet base. Stitch the ends to prevent fraying. Create a Puss puppet by adding embellishments such as beads for eyes, thread for whiskers and felt for Puss' hat and boots. To create the princess puppet, add yarn hair and a felt crown and dress.

Hand Puppets

Hand puppets can be easily made out of simple materials. Make hand puppets out of brown paper lunch sacks. Let children help decorate the sacks to resemble the characters in "Puss in Boots." Add brown construction paper ears to the Puss puppet. Draw facial features or add googly eyes, thread for whiskers and a felt nose and tongue to create the face. Have children draw the boots onto Puss or cut and add construction paper boots. Use the same method to create Puss' master, the king and princess and the rest of the characters in the story. For a quicker and simpler way to make a hand puppet, simple fold a piece of 81/2 by 11 inch paper in half and tape it together. Embellish the paper to resemble a character in "Puss in Boots" and slip the paper over the hand for imaginative play.

Marionette Puppets

Create "Puss in Boots" marionette puppets to help the story come alive. Cut out the individual parts of the characters' bodies. For a Boots puppet, draw and cut a head and torso (one piece), two arms and two legs (boots included) on card stock. Use brads to attach the pieces together at the joints. Colour and embellish the pieces to resemble Puss. Add thread for whiskers and beads for the buttons on his jacket. Sew thread into the top of Puss' head, shoulders and hands. Create a cross out of craft or dowel sticks and tie the ends of the thread to the ends of the cross. Another method for making a "Puss in Boots" marionette is to create the body out of toilet paper rolls, as suggested on the PBS Kids website. Attach a styrofoam ball to the roll for a head. Punch holes for arm and leg holes and thread a string through both. Cut four drinking straws in half and string two halves to create each arm and leg. Decorate the puppet to resemble Boots or one of the other characters and attach strings to the head, arms and legs.

Other "Puss in Boots" Puppet Crafts

There are many ways to create "Puss in Boots" puppets. Draw and cut the characters out of paper and attach drinking straws or craft sticks to create a puppet. Or draw the characters and cut two circles to act as finger holes. Slip fingers through the holes and the fingers become the characters' legs. Add boots to the Puss puppet by drawing the boots and taping them to the end of the fingers. Create a stage to hold a "Puss in Boots" play. Cut a hole in the side of a large box. Tape paper with a scene drawn on it to the back of the box to create the background for the story. Use tape so the backgrounds can be changed between acts. Attach some fabric to either side of the opening to act as the curtains. Set the ends of the box onto some chairs to provide access to the stage for the puppeteers who can crawl underneath and stick their hands up to perform the play.

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