A special friend of ours bought the boys a most lovely birthday present. Included in a bag was the book “The Stick Book” by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks (ISBN 978-0-7112-3241-9), plus some string, raffia, scissors, masking tape, double sided tape, glue and some frames she had made by lashing four sets of sticks together.
Earlier that morning the boys had been reenacting “Jack and the Beanstalk” in the theatre we have and in a new pop up theatre S received for his birthday.
We decided the giant wasn’t ferocious enough so using some ideas from “The Stick Book” we set out to collect some natural resources to make a puppet of our own.
A basket full of treasure!
When back home we used some air dry clay as the base for the head of the puppet. The clay was a lot stiffer than the dough the boys more frequently use, but they had a good go at forming a spherical shape by rolling it in their palms. After some good moulding they pushed it on top of a stick before inserting the natural materials.
We used the natural materials to make the face features and hair.
Here they are drying out.
We are looking forward to using them in our shows once they have dried out.