Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Simple Things - Puppets

Last year my kids discovered the Muppets, and I rediscovered the Muppets. (They've even appeared on the blog every now and again, here, here and here!)

In October we watched the latest Muppet Movie on DVD. And Son set to making his own no-sew versions. They tie in nicely with our waste watching project. (And in the words of the Muppets, it was a case of, "I've got everything that I need, right in front of me". No extra purchases necessary.) The first models were old socks with heads stuffed with cotton wool, and card mouths and button eyes glued on.


The second wave of puppets were more advanced, with hair transplants from other stuffed toys, and arms. The arms were secured with rubber bands and are movable thanks to some plastic yellow stick things (crash barriers maybe?) from the Scalextric set. (Son just went with whatever was to hand!)




They may be a little rough round the edges but Son's had a few happy afternoons making and playing with his puppets.

And perhaps the puppets have come to my mind this week because right now, at the end of a cold, my ears and sinuses feel as if they're stuffed with cotton wool too!

I know what will cheer me up...


6 comments:

  1. Excellent puppets! My two daughters are absolutely mad over the moon for the Muppets. One daughter is going to pursue a career in educational children's theatre, all due to the Muppets.

    And to think it all started with a sock!

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  2. Those are incredibly cute puppets. Once I talked to a professor of Jim Henson's (Muppet creator) who taught him puppets in college. He told Jim not to get to attached to them because you could never earn a living with puppets. He had to go back and eat his words.

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    1. The professor obviously taught him well even though he was doubtful about the possibility of making money at it.

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  3. Those puppets are super-cute :) I remember making sock puppets as a kid but they were never that complex :)

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    1. I made them too, but only simple ones. (Unlike my son we didn't have access to the internet for ideas!)

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