This DIY Puppet Theater can be used for many different themes in the classroom, afterschool, daycare, and other educational programs. Kids can learn storytelling, role playing, self expression, and more. It is great to use in categories such as Youth Character Development and a Bullying Prevention unit. Learn how to make the theater with step by step instructions below.
Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign that is truly important to me and the entire S&S team. I genuinely enjoy coming up with new and creative ways that kids can use our products to gain a greater understanding of what bullying is, raise awareness, and ultimately put an end to bullying.
This year, while thinking about what type of projects to create and share, I remembered an article I had read on the Parents Magazine website on social and emotional skills and dramatic play. The article talked about the importance of dramatic and cooperative play, reinforcing children learn how to take turns, share responsibility, and problem solve when engaging in these activities. What undoubtedly stood out in this article was simple, but resonated with me all these months later. “When children pretend to be different characters, they have the experience of walking in someone else’s shoes, which helps teach the moral skill of empathy.” Continue reading →
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 →