To create our puppet we used:
Packing paper / newspaper
Scraps of coloured tissue paper
Sheets of blue wrapping paper
A meter of Punchinella
Double sided tape
1. We scrunched up the packing paper to create a body shape for our dragonfly. Then wrapped it in another layer of the paper to create a smoother finish, & secured with masking tape.
3. Using the double sided tape Minnie stuck square shapes all over the body, peeled off the backing (with a little bit of help) & added her choice of coloured tissue paper! (We found the double sided tape easier then adding glue, as the colour from the tissue sometimes runs, & glue sticks can cause the paper to rip.)
4. To attach the stick handle to the base of the puppet we used a screwdriver to make a hole through the paper, & added some strong glue before pushing the stick through (holding in place for 1 min to secure).
6. Using the screwdriver we made a hole either side of the dragonfly puppet, added UHU to the holes as before, & pushed the taped end of the wing into the puppet.
7. Minnie added tissue paper eyes & our dragonfly puppet was ready to fly!
This large puppet has been brilliant for inspiring lots of physical outdoor play, imaginative play, & story telling! It's provided another opportunity to explore insects & habitats, & it's again highlighted the value of reusing & recycling! And this beautiful puppet has cost next to nothing to make!