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Sock Puppets (Advanced)

5th and 4th grade will make advanced sock puppets. These puppets will have mouth-pieces that copy professional puppet mouths. 


This video below is a tutorial of the kind of sock-puppet we will make:



Examples of Ancient puppets (these are typically called Marionettes)

Puppetry is a very ancient art form, thought to have originated about 3000 years ago. Puppets have been used since the earliest times to animate and communicate the ideas and needs of human societies. Some historians claim that they pre-date actors in theatre. A person who operates a puppet is called a puppeteer. 

Jim Henson is an artist who became famous with his puppets. He called them Muppets in order to set them apart. Below is a picture of him and his most famous Muppet, Kermit the Frog. 


Click the picture to learn about Jim Henson.

The first Kermit was made from Jim Henson's mom's old coat, and most of his puppets were either sock or bag puppets.

The Steps for making an advanced sock puppet:

Step One: Trace a circle onto cardboard, then cut it out. 

Step Two: Cut the circle in half, then tape the two halves together.

Step Three: Trace a circle on foam piece.

Step Four: Cut foam circle out, then cut in half.

Step Five: Glue foam halves to one side of mouth-plate.

Step Six: Flip sock inside out.

Step Seven: Stretch sock out as much as possible, then glue the seam of the sock (which should still be inside out) to the middle of the mouth-plate.

Check Yourself:

1) Were you able to follow the directions when creating the mouth?


2) Did you give your puppet specific features that made it distinct?


3) Did you create specific character traits that made your puppet distinct?


4) Can you create a story or skit with your puppet?


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