Netflix & SPC: Easy Puss in Boots Puppet Craft
Do you make resolutions? I know it seems cooler these days to say you don’t make them, but I confess I love them. And I don’t need January to make them. There are few things I love more than a new regime, whether it’s a new workout or a new approach to making weekday mornings calmer. At least three of the books on my nightstand are self-help-y. I know, so uncool, but there you have it.
The resolution I’m trying to sell my family on now is adventure. I don’t necessarily mean travel, although we’ve got some of that planned for later in the year. Whether it’s doing something new in your own city or taking skating lessons as a family, I really want us to try new things. It can be so easy to settle into your routine, eat the same meals, to stay within in your comfort zone. But this year I’m hoping to shake things up and have us all saying “yes” to new experiences. And what better role model for adventure is there than Puss in Boots? Seriously, not only is he a swashbuckling cat of adventure, the guy has serious style. I can’t wait to watch the new Adventures of Puss in Boots series launching this month on on Januray 16th on Netflix with my kids – I’m pretty sure they’re going to fall in love with him.
To kick start the series, and to try something new, we decided to make a Puss in Boots hand puppet. It’s a really easy craft and we had almost everything at home already. We had fun creating Puss, but really any character or creature could be made with this craft.
photos by Maya Visnyei
Here’s what you need:
A brown paper lunch bag
A range of coloured paper
A glue stick
Here’s what you do:
Depending on how old your kids are, either you or they will cut shapes out of the coloured paper. You might want to have an image of Puss nearby as a reference. The boots, of course, and the hat are what really bring this character to life but we also made a feather for his hat, a belt and a sword. Once we got going I couldn’t stop and decided we needed a tree and some clouds, too.
Using a glue stick, attach all of your bits of paper to the lunch bag and allow them to dry. You’ll have a great puppet but it’s also a nice piece of art to pin to the fridge or bulletin board – in case you need some adventurous inspiration!
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