Nature Stencil Glitter Puppets

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These adorable puppets will brighten up a winter classroom!

Age: 4+

Duration: 10 minutes (plus drying time)

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Talk about different animals and plants. Create beautiful puppets for imaginative play and to use as props for reports.

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Today we’ll walk you through the process of creating an adorable glitter puppet! This is a great activity to bring some color to your classroom in the middle of a long term. Start by choosing a stencil or template to use for your puppet. What’s the difference between a stencil and a template, you ask? Stencils are shapes you trace around the inside of. Templates are shapes that you trace around the outside of. Either one will work for this project! We will use a squirrel template to demonstrate this process.

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Start with a sheet of double color card, and lay your template in the center of the sheet. Carefully trace around the template using a pencil.

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Now it’s time to add some pizzazz to your soon-to-be puppet! We started by carefully going over the pencil outline with glitter glue.

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Once the glitter outline is done, add details like tail swirls! You can also use the self-adhesive gems to create eyes and other small details.

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Once you are happy with your glitter and gem decorations, set your card aside to let the glitter glue dry. After the glue has dried, carefully cut your puppet out!

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To finish off the puppet, carefully wrap a dowel with a glitter chenille stem. Then tape the dowel to the back of your puppet!

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Peek-a-boo Art Silhouettes

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Give nature a makeover with these colorful silhouettes!

Age: 5+

Duration: 20 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Exercise fine motor skills. Explore the merging of several styles of art. Create a beautiful craft.

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Start by choosing one or two nature stencils to use. We chose the dragonfly and the flower, but you can choose any shape you like! Because we wanted to go for a classic silhouette look, we chose the black and white card sheet, but again, you can choose any color you like. Begin by tracing your stencils in the position you want them on the white side of the black card sheet with a pencil. Then cut out and discard the shapes, so you have a sheet with your image cut out of it.

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Set the sheet of card aside for a moment. Choose a few sheets of Decorative Hues paper, and cut strips out of them. Your strips can be a uniform width, or they can vary in width.

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Once you have enough strips to cover your sheet of white paper, spread your white sheet of paper with glue, and lay the strips down. Completely cover the white sheet with the strips.

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Once the glue is dry, put glue on the white side of your black and white card sheet. glue the card sheet to your striped sheet. Trim off any excess paper that shows around the black card sheet.

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This classy craft provides a pop of color to your classroom! Typical silhouettes are made with a black shadow on a white or colored base; we have turned that idea on it’s head and created a bright, stripey silhouette that peeks through the foreground sheet!


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Craft Spotlight: Nature Stencils


Use detailed Nature Stencils to draw beautiful pictures while developing fine motor skills and encouraging image association. Each shape has a coordinating border to add interest to students’ drawings.

The stencils kit features many different types of flora and fauna that can be used to discuss animal and plant ecology. Click on the link to view the product at our website!

Another great feature about the stencils is the size: large enough for little fingers to trace all the fine details without frustration. A good way to practice tracing is to use the specialized image border. By tracing along a straight plane, students will develop their own techniques for tracing and can apply those techniques to the more complicated images on the interior of the stencil.

The best part is that one stencil becomes a two-in-one. Pop out the interior of the stencil to duplicate the image that students can trace. As a result, while one student traces the interior of the stencil, or practices with the intricate border, an advanced student can grip the inner shape and trace without the need for extra support.

Use the traced outline as a guide for developing scissor skills! Cut out the resulting shape to make decorations for classroom walls. Check out our project video below!


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