Marionettes – take two

Marionettes – take two

The marionettes the year 6/7 students are making are nearing completion. This project has certainly captured their interest and I think the combination of tools use (pliers, side cutters, knives, hot glue guns etc), technical issues (stringing, balance, weight distribution) and aesthetics (painting, costume making and props) has meant there’s been something for everyone. I’m

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Making Marionettes

Rod puppets – easy. Shadow puppets – easy. Marionettes – tricky, tricky, tricky. First up there are the limbs to cut. Each puppet needs eight limbs, so with thirty puppets – 240 limbs. A visit to Bunnings and I’m the happy owner of ten 1m lengths of dowel (which is cheaper if you buy the

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Safari Finger Puppets

These little creatures caught my eye in the Adelaide Airport today. A bit(!) pricey at AUD $10 for just four cardboard puppets but I figured my Year 6 students can reverse engineer them and make their own. The fact they’re made from cardboard rather than cloth or foam is very clever and the movement mechanism

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