File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 117

Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 21:46:47 -0500
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Swazzle Workshop - activities

Sounds more fun than writing papers like I am supposed to be doing, Mathieu!

Mary H. 

On 1/10/08 7:50 PM, "Mathieu René" <> wrote:

> Hi all.
> I took the time to watch the 8 episodes of the "Swazzle workshop", meant to
> show kids how to make their very own simple puppets.  The methods are truly
> simple, and the results are surprisingly fun and versatile.
> While they won't make longlasting puppets, they are certainly lots of fun,
> and the basic ideas can totally be expanded upon to make durable versions.
> I teach workshops myself, and I find lots of inspiration in those quick
> videos to make my own versions.
> I love their way of folding a paper pattern on top and bottom of a pompom,
> which becomes the bulk inside.
> The same is done over a sock, to make a better looking sock puppet. This
> principle, coupled with a proper mouthplate, can probably eviolve a sock
> puppet further, if the patterned piece is done with stronger paper, or even
> fun foam (L200). The very idea of using the sock simply as an inner sleeve
> is launching me in other possibly fascinating directions.
> Their simplified shadow screen, made with waxed paper stretched over a frame
> in a cardboard box, is a smart time and money saver.
> The sliding tube puppet (Bark the robot dog) is a fun idea too, I've seen
> versions of it in various activity books.
> These are the kind of activities I would have been thrilled to see and make
> as a kid!
> Heck, I'm thirty years old and it takes all my willpower to resist dropping
> what I'm supposed to do tonight.
> I'm really tempted to make experimental sock puppets!
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