10-Minute Puppets

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Filled with imaginative ideas and the pure, childlike fun of turning any object into a character, 10-Minute Puppets shows step-by-step how to make 30 puppets, including finger puppets, sock puppets, shadow puppets, and perfect spur-of-the-moment puppets. Includes pages of puppet parts and other templates to cut out and use; plans for six easy puppet theaters; and how to put on a show by drawing from nursery rhymes, fairy tales, family stories, ...

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Overview

Filled with imaginative ideas and the pure, childlike fun of turning any object into a character, 10-Minute Puppets shows step-by-step how to make 30 puppets, including finger puppets, sock puppets, shadow puppets, and perfect spur-of-the-moment puppets. Includes pages of puppet parts and other templates to cut out and use; plans for six easy puppet theaters; and how to put on a show by drawing from nursery rhymes, fairy tales, family stories, and more. 

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Wheatley
Accomplished puppeteer MacNeal shares his love of puppets with readers in this excellent how-to book. Parents and children will be inspired to create and imagine with the wonderful world of puppets through this book. An introduction convinces the reader that anyone can be a puppeteer, followed by a list of readily available materials that can be used for the projects in the book. The directions are clear and illustrated with diagrams and photographs for ease of use. Sidebars include comments and quotes from famous puppeteers on the power of puppets. The first puppets introduced use the reader's hand and fingers and minimal materials such as paper, napkins, and markers. Using the templates provided in the book, the reader can create a super hero or ballerina puppet out of paper and then use two fingers to create the character's legs, or use one finger in the paper elephant to create the trunk. In addition to 10 minute directions, a column called "if you've got more time..." gives additional directions for an extension for each puppet. For the elephant puppet, the extension is using finger paints to paint the hand gray that will be the elephant. Gloves and socks are explored in the next section, and can be used to create a snake, donkey, dragon, or even a spider. Cutouts using paper and straws or chopsticks and shadow puppets using the cutouts or just hands are explored in the next chapter. Readers can create cutout puppets that looks like them, a butterfly, caterpillar, peek-a-boo present, or a child sized dinosaur or Chinese New Year dragon. The final chapters explore pocket puppets and theaters. In this age of video games and 3-D movies, MacNeal encourages the reader to use the original technology—a child's creativity and imagination. Reviewer: Barbara Wheatley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761157144
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 173
  • Sales rank: 779,667
  • Age range: 6 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel MacNeal is a puppeteer for PBS’s award-winning Sesame Street and a regular performer with the Muppets. He was also the spirit and voice of Bear in the Emmy Award–winning series Bear in the Big Blue House on the Disney Channel. He and his family live in Brooklyn, where he makes puppets and performs for his five-year-old son.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    More fun packed in here than I expected!

    My first reaction on receiving the book in the mail is that it is much more substantial than I expected from the price. Loads of fun projects, all of them easy and reasonable and not requiring lots of special materials. The directions are simple and there are lots of pictures and even templates for those who aren't particularly artistic.

    This book is about spending time with your children and having lots of fun together. I'd recommend it to anyone who has young children or spends time with children (babysitters, aunts and uncles, teachers). In a time of computer games, television, and other technology, this book is a refreshing opportunity to simply spend time laughing, creating, and imagining with your child.

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