- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the puppets that you want to make. You can choose to make the
puppets in three different sizes. Each pattern includes a yellow
finger measure. Cut it out and wrap it around the base of the
puppeteer's middle finger. Select the puppet—size, small , medium or
large—that fits best. Also, the finger holes can be cut larger or
smaller to accommodate different finger sizes.
Download the pattern and print it on white paper or cardstock.
Crow & Chicken-md
Emu & Chicken-md
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
Step 2: Color and Decorate (optional)
If you printed the black & white patterns, color the puppets any colors you like.
You might draw rows of short lines to resemble feathers. Use your imagination to make the puppets uniquely
Tip: You might also decorate the puppets with bits of colored paper or
glitter, but you may want to wait
to decorate the puppet until after you have cut it out.
- Step 3: Cut
Cut out each puppet on the black outline, including the strips
for the loops. Cut out finger holes on each puppet. There are two
leg holes on each puppet. Try to cut a very smooth circle. This will be more
comfortable for your fingers. You can adjust the size of the hole,
smaller or larger, to fit your fingers.
The chicken has a separate red comb and a glob of red gum. Be
sure to cut these out, too.
Tip: Start cutting the hole by pinching a
small fold in the center and cutting across it. This will make an
opening for your scissors. You can also start the hole cut by using
a hole punch.
- Step 4: Fasten Paper Loops
Place the puppet face-side-down on your work surface. Gently bend
the paper strip into a loop. Use glue or tape to fasten the
loop. The loop adds shape and strength to the
Tip: The loop can be omitted if the puppet
is made with cardstock.
Tip: Attach the red comb to the top of the
chicken's head with tacky putty or repositionable/removable tape.
If you do not plan to perform the play, glue the comb in place.
- Step 5: Put on a Show
To use the chicken, crow, and emu puppets, slip your index
and middle fingers through the leg holes. Now make your
puppet walk by moving your fingers.
Think of what your puppets will do. Where does your play take place?
Write down what the puppets will say and figure out how they will
move. Will more than two puppets be on stage at once? Do you need a
friend to help? Rehearse your play a few times, and then perform it for family and friends.