Photo credit: Willem Velthoven via Flickr

Learning Objectives: 

  • Artist Design and Creativity
  • Writing and Speaking
  • Interpersonal Skills

Materials:

  • Clean, old sock nobody wears anymore.
  • Yarn, buttons, felt, googly eyes, fabric pens, glitter, and/or other creative castoffs
  • Fabric glue, needle and thread, and/or hot glue gun (with parental permission and assistance)
  • Joke books or funny personal stories
  • Your wit and charm
  • An appreciative audience

Tools:

  • Fabric glue, needle and thread, and/or hot glue gun (parental permission/assistance)
  • Scissors
  • Paper and/or note cards
  • Pen or pencil
  • Joke book and/or clean, funny comedy routines to view for inspiration

Steps:

  1. Put the hand you don’t write with in the sock and stick the toe seam in the space between your fingers and thumb. The part of the sock inside your hand is the puppet’s mouth.
  2. Open and shut your fingers and thumb to get a feel for the way your puppet responds. Try wrinkling up your hand to see what expressions are possible.
  3. Mark the places where you want features, such as eyes, nose, lips, tongue, teeth, and hair.
  4. Remove the sock from your hand and start adding your face. Be creative and have fun. You could even give him or her some clothes, down where your arm is inside the sock.
  5. Stick a tube in the sock and leave it to dry.
  6. When it is dry, put your hand in and move it around to make sure everything is well attached and in all the right places.
  7. Practice using your puppet. Figure out how to give it expressions and how to make it look like it’s talking.
  8. Find the “voice” you want for your puppet. Have some conversations to discover your friend’s personality.
  9. Name your sidekick.
  10. Look through joke books or think about funny happenings or conversations you have experienced.
  11. Write out your best material.
  12. Practice your routine with your puppet friend. Doing it in front of a mirror is helpful. So is giving yourself an “audience” of stuffed animals, dolls, or other toys.
  13. Try to memorize your routine or use note cards to jot down cues to remember.
  14. Assemble your audience and wow them with your wit and talent.