Craft: Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach Puppets

Friends: To accompany our newest book, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, Marita Gentry (illustrator) and I have created printable puppets you can use to enhance story time! Here is the link where you can print the puppets – http://www.storyconnection.net/?content=madamePoulet. The puppets came out so cute. Here are the instructions. Madame Poulet chicken puppet Materials: Madame […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, Puppet, puppetry, Stories, story time, Storyteller, Storytelling
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The Cajun Cornbread Boy Arrives – Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friends, I am so excited! My first picture book for children, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, came in! My publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, is based in New Orleans so my husband picked up a case of books for me today. The books are beautiful! They are scheduled for a Spring 2009 release so getting the books […] Read More

Categories: Author, Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Christmas, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Kids, Louisiana, Puppet
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Craft: Spoon Puppets; Sunday, November 16, 2008

Spoon Puppets Spoons make great puppets, both plastic picnic spoons and wooden cooking spoons. The spoon’s round end makes a perfect face while the spoon’s stem makes a great handle with which to maneuver the puppet. Children can draw the faces on or affix facial features with glue. Small plastic spoon puppets are perfect with […] Read More

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Craft: Presentation Board Puppet Theater; Sunday, November 16, 2008

Presentation Board Puppet Theater Presentation boards can be found at any super center or office supply store. Find one in your favorite color. The science board can be decorated in any fashion you wish. Just set it up on the floor and you (or your children) can puppeteer from behind the board. Happy Tales to […] Read More

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Craft: Shoebox Puppet Theater; Sunday, November 16, 2008

Shoebox Puppet Theater Sit the shoebox on its side and cut off the top. Decorate the front with a scene. Use small plastic spoon puppets or finger puppets. Another way to create a shoebox puppet theater is by creating a “diorama,” decorating the inside of the shoebox. The hand will be visible as the puppets […] Read More

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Craft: Lap Top Box Puppet Theater; Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lap Top Box Puppet Theater I learned this method from a school librarian in Houston when I lived there after Katrina. Take a box large enough to sit comfortably on your lap. Cut off the top and the back of the box leaving only the bottom, two sides, and the front. Decorate the front of […] Read More

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Craft: Doorway Puppet Theater; Sunday, November 16, 2008

Doorway Puppet Theater Using a tension rod or shower curtain rod across a doorway and a curtain or bed sheet, you can create an instant and inexpensive puppet theater. Kids love being behind the curtain. I used this method to entertain my youngest daughter and her cousins. I found a twin sheet that looked like […] Read More

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Craft: Making a Puppet Out of a Stuffed Animal; Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stuffed Animal Puppets Old or thrift store stuffed animals can easily be turned into puppets. Make a small slit in the back of the animal, pull out some of the stuffing, and sew a sock into the inside of the animal to slip your hand inside. Instant puppet! Above, you see Lucky the Puppy. He […] Read More

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Craft: Finger Puppets; Sunday, November 16, 2008

Finger Puppets Cut the fingers off an old or inexpensive glove and create a finger puppet. Finger puppets are fun for young children who may not have the hand-eye coordination to manipulate a larger puppet. Finger puppets work well with shoebox puppet theaters. The above finger puppet was made from the index finger cut from […] Read More

Categories: Butterfly, Butterfly craft, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Puppet, puppetry
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Craft: Sock Puppets; Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sock Puppets Puppets made out of socks are classic. Nowadays, socks are so colorful that you can be truly imaginative with your sock puppets. Hot glue some yarn hair and googly eyes, and you have an instant friend. I developed a sock puppet skit for a summer reading program one year. The stars of the […] Read More

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