How To Make a Rod Puppet

Rod puppets are like regular hand puppets but instead of having a hole to put your hand in, the puppet is supported by a rod. These rod puppets are useful for storytelling or as toys for your children. Instead of buying rod puppets from the store, which can be expensive, try making a rod puppet of your own. You can create your own characters and use items that you may already have at home. Follow the simple steps provided to learn how you can make a rod puppet.

Here are the simple steps that you can follow to create a rod puppet:

  • Materials. The materials you will need for the rod puppet project are a Styrofoam ball, Styrofoam block, rope or tube, wooden sticks, tacky glue and other items that you need for your character. Some of the other items that might come in handy are yarn, beads, pieces of cloth, markers, glitters, etc. You can find these items from your local arts and crafts store.
  • Body. First, set up the body of the puppet. Use the Styrofoam block for the torso and the Styrofoam ball for the head. You can connect the 2 pieces together using a barbecue stick. Pierce the barbecue stick through the length of the Styrofoam block and through the other end onto the center of the Styrofoam ball so that they will stick together. You can add wooden sticks to the side and bottom of the Styrofoam block to provide arms and legs for the puppet.
  • Design the puppet. Use tacky glue to stick on eyes, ears and a nose on the face. You can use beads and other items that you have. If you want, you can wrap the Styrofoam ball first in fabric to cover up the surface of the Styrofoam. Do this too with the Styrofoam block until you are happy with the appearance of your puppet. Use yarn for hair and add buttons and beads on the torso of the puppet to make it more attractive. Use your creativity to complete the look of your puppet.
  • Attach the rod. Now that you are done with the puppet, the last step is to attach the rod. Locate the center of the Styrofoam block and pierce the rod through. Make sure that it is inserted enough to support the weight of the puppet. You can use tacky glue on the hole where the rod passed through to make sure that the rod would stay in place.

These are the simple steps that you can follow in order to make your own rod puppet. The steps are really simple and you can finish one puppet in under an hour. Create more puppets so that your kids can play with different characters. If you are planning to do this activity with your kids, make sure that you assist them when handling the wooden rods as working with them is dangerous. Get inspiration for characters by looking at pictures of your kids’ favorite cartoon characters and characters from books.


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