My family has been in a movie funk lately. The movies we’ve recently seen have left much to be desired. We saw Clowdy with a Chance of Meatballs, and I thought my brain might melt it was so painful. Sure there was eye candy, but why do animated films have to only appeal to 7-year-old humor?
Disney’s latest movie, Frozen, rescued us from the movie tundra we were stuck in. Eye candy? Check. Fabulous songs. Check! Great humor that made my boys as well as me and my hubby laugh? Check! A plot that kept all of us entertained and engaged? Check, check and check!!
We loved it so much, my boys wanted to play out the movie when we got home. So we created easy character puppets they will play with for weeks.
Supplies We Used:
- Printed coloring pages
- Cardboard box – such as a cereal box; not the heavy corrugated kind
- Glue Stick
- Popsicle/craft sticks
1. Choose the coloring pages you’ll be using. Rather than stocking on up coloring books, my family prints out coloring pages directly from the computer. It’s easy to search Google for character images. Just type in “Ninjago coloring page” or “Doc McStuffins coloring page” to find just the ones you want. In our case, we searched for characters from Frozen.
2. Have your children color in the characters they chose.
3. While they are coloring, cut up the cereal box into large rectangles.
4. When they are done coloring, roughly cut around the character and glue the paper onto the brown side of the cardboard.
5. Spend more time cutting out the character more precisely. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just following the general outline.
6. Glue down any corners that may not be secured down.
7. Tape a popsicle stick to the back of the character. And voila, you have a puppet they can play act with or even put on a show with!
Here are my children’s masterpieces. They’ve been having a ball playing the characters from Frozen. Tomorrow, it will probably be Ninjago.
Sometimes kids want more of the picture on their puppet.
Sven’s antlers were more intricate. But rather than worrying about making it perfect, I kept the general outline of the antlers.