I have made puppets with my 5th graders for at least the last 15 years. It was a year long project starting with the collecting of the light bulbs and culminating with puppets shows for parents and doing traveling puppet shows for other the students in our school.
I retired last June. My friend, Cindy, switched grades and took over teaching my 5th grade classes. Cindy wanted to continue making puppets this year if I would come in and walk her through the process of paper mache', painting the faces, gluing on the hair, beards, and mustaches, designing and making the clothing. I had a great time working with the kiddos and being able to leave the mess ( only kidding) behind.
Here are some of the finished products for this year. I just love them. Every year the students manage to amaze me with their creations.
His necklace adds a sparkle to his face.
His eyes and eyebrows intrigue me!
The green dress brings out the color of her eyes.
I love the expressions on their little faces. Everyone is different with hair and eye color, beards, eyelashes, and smiles.
The puppets represent people from the Bible. Some of the Bible stories presented as puppet shows were Noah's Ark, David's Giant Faith, Jonah and the Whale, Moses and Water from the Rock, Jacob and Esau, and The Birth of Moses to name a few.
Making these darlings is a long process, but very rewarding for the students in the end. I do hope Cindy will continue to have the kids make puppets in the future.
I have linked up with 4th Grade Frolics. Please stop by to see her new classroom for the fall.
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