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Let’s Put on a Puppet Show!

Making Puppets is Fun for the Whole Family!

Regular contributor, Debbie Glade, tells us how easy it is to create a clever puppet character.

61oertvi26l_sl500_aa300_I’ve often read that children who perform regularly for their families are more successful in school and in their careers years down the road. I think the reason for this is that it brings out creativity and develops social skills at an early age. 10-Minute Puppets ($10.95, Workman) is a fabulously creative book. The author, Noel MacNeal is a puppeteer and a producer and performer for Sesame Workshop. He was also the voice of the Bear in Disney’s The Bear in the Big Blue House.

I’ve always been fascinated by puppets, because they are such fun to make and such fun to use. Parents and grandparents delight in watching their kids perform too. In 10-Minute Puppets, you’ll get endless ideas about how to make everything from finger puppets to shadow puppets. You can even make your own hand puppet simply by attaching eyes! What I love about the book is that some of the puppets can be made in just a few minutes, with supplies you are sure to have hanging around the house. There are even instructions on creating theaters and tips on how to put on a great show. In the appendix are a bunch of fabulous templates you can use.

This is an ideal book for parents to buy so they can keep their kids entertained. It is also perfect for elementary teachers and day care centers to get the creative juices flowing in the classroom – in a most fun, educational and affordable way.

debbiegladeDebbie Glade, today’s guest reviewer, is the author, illustrator and voice talent of the award-winning children’s picture book The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica, published by Smart Poodle Publishing. She visits South Florida schools with her reading, writing and geography programs. For years, Debbie was a travel writer for luxury cruise lines. She writes parenting articles for various websites and is the Geography Awareness Editor for She blogs daily at

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