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Fun Pencil Puppets

Kids can make the Fun Pencil Puppets pictured or create their own critters. These puppets are fun for kids to make and even more fun to use to create playtime imaginary adventures to the wilds of the jungle or the zoo.

Trivia: The first real zoo was established by Queen Hatshepsut in 1500 B.C. in Egypt by collecting animals from all over Africa.

Supplies

Gator
FloraCraft® Foam Balls: 4”, 1” (2)
Cone: 6”
Acrylic Paint: green, red
Chenille Stems: green, white
Wiggle Eyes: 15mm
New Pencil
Low-Temp Glue Gun

Pig
FloraCraft® Foam Ball: 4”, 1.5”, 1”
Egg: 2”
Acrylic Paint: pink
Wiggle Eyes: 15mm
Chenille Stem: pink, black
New Pencil
Low-Temp Glue Gun
Design It: ® Foam Cutter
Paint Brush

Frog
FloraCraft® Foam Ball: 3”, 1.5”
Acrylic Paint: bright green
Chenille Stems: green, pink
Wiggle Eyes: 15mm
New Pencil
Design It: ® Foam Cutter
Low Temp Glue Gun
Paint Brush

Lion
FloraCraft® Foam Balls: 4”, 1.5” (2)
Acrylic Paint: golden yellow
Chenille Stems: brown
Wiggle Eyes: 15mm
Pompom: ½” black
New Pencil
Low-Temp Glue Gun
Design It: ® Foam Cutter
Paint Brush

Elephant
FloraCraft® Foam Balls: 4”, 1.5”, 1” (4)
Egg: 3”
Acrylic Paint: grey or light blue
Wiggle Eyes: 15mm
Chenille Stem: white
New Pencil
Low-Temp Glue Gun
Design It: ® Foam Cutter
Paint Brush

Mouse
FloraCraft® Foam Balls: 4”, 2”
Acrylic Paints: grey
Chenille Stems: black, pink
Pompom: ½” black
Wiggle Eyes: 15mm
Unsharpened Pencil
Design It: ® Foam Cutter
Low-Temp Glue Gun
Paint Brush

Instructions

Gator Puppet

Cut the 4” ball in half, this is the gator head.

Cut the 6” cone in half lengthwise from narrow end to wide end for the gator’s mouth.

Paint the 4” half ball, the two half cones and the two 1” balls green and let dry. Paint a red tongue on the flat side of one of the cones.

Assembling the gator; Cut a small flat spot off the rounded side of the 4” ball, this is where the mouth will attach, glue the two half cones slightly open to the half ball. Press and twist the pieces together so that the end of the flat cone conforms to the rounded ball. Glue the two 1” balls side by side at the top of the cone.

Fold white chenille stems in a zigzag pattern to create teeth and glue in place. Push two small pieces of green stem into the end of the cone for nostrils. Push two loops of green stems over the eyes. Fold green stems into zigzag pattern and push into the ball for scales.

Glue an unsharpened pencil about 1” into the bottom of the head.

Pig Puppet

Cut the 4” ball in half for the head.

Cut the egg in half lengthwise for the ears. Cut a small flat spot off the wide end of the egg where it attaches to the head.

Cut the 1” ball in half for the eyes.

Cut a flat spot off one side of the 1.5” ball and roll the sides on the table firmly to create the pig’s snout.

Paint all the parts pink and let dry.

Glue the ears to either side of the top of the head. Glue the foam eyes side by side just below the ears and glue the wiggle eyes in place. Glue the snout in place below the eyes.

Cut small pieces of pink chenille stem and glue in place for the eyelids and mouth. Cut two small pieces of black stem and glue in place for the nostrils.

Glue the pencil into the bottom of the head.

Frog Puppet

Cut a small slice off two opposite sides of the 3″ ball. Roll the cut sides of the ball on the table applying pressure to round the edges and create an oval shaped head.

Cut the 1.5” ball in half for the eyes.

Paint the head and the eyes bright green and let dry.

Glue the foam eyes side by side to the top of the head, cut side facing front. Glue a wiggle eyes in place.

Cut two 1” pieces of green stem, fold each in half and glue into the face for nostrils. Cut another piece for the mouth, bend each end of the mouth in towards the face about ¼”, add glue to the ends and insert the ends into the face. Cut a small piece of pink and glue in place for the tongue.

Glue the pencil eraser end down into the bottom of the head.

Lion Puppet

Cut the 4” ball the half, save one half for future project.

Cut one 1.5” ball in half, these are the ears. For the nose, press a flat spot on one side of the other 1.5” ball, this is where the nose will attach to the face. Round the sides of the ball on the table to create an oval shaped muzzle. Paint all the foam pieces golden yellow and let dry.

Press a flat spot on the ears where they attach to the head and glue in place. Glue the nose in place and glue the black pompom to the end. Glue the wiggle eyes in place. Cut small pieces of stem for the eyebrows and mouth and glue in place as shown.

Fold pieces of chenille stem into zigzag pattern and glue the ends around the face for the mane.

Glue the pencil into the bottom of the head.

Elephant Puppet

Cut the 4” ball in half for the head, save other half for future project. Cut the egg in half lengthwise for the ears. Cut one of the 1” balls in half for the eyelids. Paint all the foam parts grey or light blue and let dry.

For the trunk; thread the 1.5” ball and three 1” balls onto a piece of stem leaving 1” of stem at the end to attach to the face. Press them together firmly where they meet on the stem. Glue the trunk to the center of the face.

Glue the ears cut side to the front to the top of the head angled as shown. Press a flat spot on the ear where it attaches to the head.

Glue the two wiggle eyes in place. Press a flat spot on the backs of the eyelids where they attach to the head and glue in place over the top of each eye as shown.

Glue the pencil into the bottom of the head.

Mouse Puppet

Cut a 4” ball in half. Set half aside for future project.

Cut two ¼” thick slices from the center of the 2″ ball, these are the ears. Cut a small flat spot off one side of each ear, this is where it will attach to the head. Shape one of the remaining sections of the ball into a cone shaped nose by rolling and pressing firmly on the table. Cut the last section of the ball in half and shape into eyelids using your fingers to compress the foam.

Paint all the parts grey and let dry.

Glue the ears and face in place as pictured. Glue the eyelids just slightly overlapping the wiggle eyes.

Glue the black pompom to the tip of the nose. Cut chenille stem pieces for whiskers and glue in place. Cut pieces of pink chenille stem and roll them up for the inside of the ears, glue in place.

Glue the pencil into the bottom of the head.

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Farm Animal Crafts, Puppet Crafts, VBS Jungle Crafts, Wild Animal Crafts

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