10-Minute Puppets

10-Minute Puppets

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by Noel MacNeal
     
 

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It’s the Swiss Army knife of activity books: how to make puppets anywhere, in ten minutes or less, using everyday materials. And who better to create it than Noel MacNeal, a longtime puppeteer who learned his art from Jim Henson and Frank Oz. MacNeal shows parents and kids how to make 30 puppets using socks, paper bags, napkins, and the most important

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It’s the Swiss Army knife of activity books: how to make puppets anywhere, in ten minutes or less, using everyday materials. And who better to create it than Noel MacNeal, a longtime puppeteer who learned his art from Jim Henson and Frank Oz. MacNeal shows parents and kids how to make 30 puppets using socks, paper bags, napkins, and the most important tools of all—your two hands.

10-Minute Puppets is filled with imaginative ideas, energy, and the pure, childlike pleasure of turning objects into characters. There are finger puppets: Wigglin’ Worm in an Apple, Teeny Ballerina, Little Pachyderm Sock and glove puppets: Crabby Crab and Herb the Plant Cutouts, shadow puppets, and puppets perfect for the spur-of-the moment, like Envelope Bird—make it using a deposit envelope while waiting in line at the bank. With full-color illustrations throughout, the book has step-by-step instructions for each puppet; pages of puppet parts and bodies to cut out and use; how to create simple puppet theaters; plus, a final chapter with ideas for putting on a show, drawing on nursery rhymes, fairy tales, family stories, and more.

So the food is late and your six-year-old is about to lose it. You know what to do: Using a marker and your napkin, make the fashionable Lady Finger and start entertaining. Better yet, pass the marker to your child to create Handford, and the two of you can put on an impromptu dinner show. 

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761157144
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
173
Sales rank:
1,314,822
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

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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10-Minute Puppets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Kat30 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago