Using Foam Balls to Make Puppets – Homeslice Puppetry

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When we found out that Eric Weiss from Homeslice Puppetry was using our Foam Balls to sculpt puppets for his business, we just HAD to see what it was all about. We asked him to share some details and photos.

I’ve been inspired by the work of Jim Henson and “The Muppets” ever since I was a child, and that evidence is present in my craft. I began teaching puppetry as an original class that myself and two of my colleages developed at Nature’s Classroom. I then became inspired to tinker, develop, and learn more until reaching the level I am at now. I began my company as a way to turn my craft and passion into a career, and as a way to bring this passion to a new audience of folks outside of Nature’s Classroom who want to learn how to make these puppets. I believe that a lot of people would love to learn this craft and hope to continue to spread this knowledge to future generations. The thing that I love the most about puppetry is how it is an art that draws from so many different art forms and inspires boundless amounts of creativity.

The foam balls from S&S are really the best that I have found for the type of puppets I create, and they come in 6 very bright colors. Many of my puppet characters have very round heads, or you can just start off with something that’s round so you have less to cut off and waste when you are carving foam. Foam can get expensive really quick, so starting with a shape where you have less to cut off and waste is great.

Besides puppet heads, the foam balls also work perfectly for my fruit and vegetable puppets. I like to use the 8.5” diameter balls, but I know that some folks with smaller hands prefer the 7” diameter for this project. Either size works just fine, it is merely preference or how big a puppet that you plan to create. Continue reading



Using Banners to Raise Awareness in Schools

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school bannersOur customers have some great ideas on how to use our products for their classroom, after school program, craft program, or at home. We love to share these ideas and hope to inspire others to create their own! 

Cynthia from Broward County Public Schools shares how their school uses our Color-Me™ Banner Easy Pack for special events.

Our goal in the Diversity, Prevention & Intervention (DPI) department at Broward County Public Schools is to lead the change for all students to achieve academic success today, while maintaining a drug and violence free tomorrow. We have three initiatives that aim to address violence and substance abuse prevention: Choose Peace Stop Violence that promotes peace, Project Brain that addresses underage drinking, and the Above the Influence (ATI) that encourages and promotes living above all negative influences. Continue reading



Foam Race Cars Activity for Traffic Education

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foam race carsWe love to share creative ideas for our products from our customers! Michael Lyons from the Montana Traffic Education Association (MTEA) shares how he uses our foam race cars for Traffic Education:

This is my third purchase of these foam race cars. Our activity includes a lesson on physics and automobile crashes. First, the kids design their cars with paint and decals. Some kids also put paper clips into the foam to make a roof on the car. I have created ramps that they can use for the cars. Two cars race at a time, for both speed and distance. Continue reading



Cup Craft Activity Inspired by Dale Chihuly

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chihuly art seniorsI was so impressed by this craft idea from our customers at Kenedy Health & Rehab, a 4 star all male senior facility in Texas. Their version of “Chihuly Art” is so creative, and it’s a simple and fun activity that seniors can enjoy. Incorporate a history lesson into the activity too by starting with a background on Dale Chihuly, the artist that inspired their craft. Then have a step by step tutorial on how to make the craft.

Background on Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington and was introduced to glass while attending the University of Washington.  He graduated in 1965 and went to the University of Wisconsin to be apart of the first glass program in the country. From there, Chihuly established a glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and taught for over ten years. Venini glass factory in Venice, Italy was his next stop, which is where he learned a new technique of blowing glass that he still uses today. In 1971, Dale Chihuly co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State where he continued to establish his reputation as a visionary of glass work. Continue reading



Ideas Worth Sharing – Math Equations

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We survey many of our customers and sometimes we ask them what they use the products they are buying for. We continue to be wowed by your creative, resourceful and genius ideas, so we want to share them for others to enjoy!

Gretchen from St. Luke’s Lutheran School shares how she uses our wooden mosaic squares and natural wood mosaic tiles to teach variables to Middle School math students.

“I use the colored wood squares to represent variables, and I use the natural wood squares to represent constant numbers. Continue reading



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