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Peg + Cat Stick Puppets


Cat and I are soooooo excited! Why? Because there’s going to be a really cool puppet show! Starring who? Me and Cat! Where? Right in your home! When? As soon as you follow these simple directions for making your very own Peg and Cat puppets! Then the PEG + CAT Puppet Show can begin!

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals: shapes, following instructions
  • Related EpisodeEpisode 102: The Messy Room Problem / The Golden Pyramid Problem

Materials

  • Construction paper (blue, green, red, pink, grey, tan)
  • Marker or crayon (black, red)
  • Orange yarn
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Glue

Directions

Peg-Puppet

Make Peg:

  1. Print out the sheet of the Peg puppet pieces.
  2. Use it as a pattern for cutting out the shapes that make up Peg’s body and clothes from different colors of construction paper. Use the picture of the finished puppet as a guide for what color paper to use for each piece.
  3. If you don’t have construction paper, you can also print the pieces on heavy white paper and have your child color it in. As you cut out the pieces, talk with your child about the different shapes:
    • Oval: Peg’s head and hands are ovals. An oval looks like an egg, or sort of like a squished circle. It has no straight sides of corners, but isn’t a circle because it’s not perfectly round.
    • Triangle: Peg’s body is a triangle shape. A triangle has three straight sides and three corners.
    • Rectangle: Pegs, arms, legs, and the base of her hat are rectangles. A rectangle has four straight sides, and the sides across from each other are the same length.
    • Trapezoid: Peg’s skirt is a trapezoid. A trapezoid has four sides, but only two of the sides are parallel.
    • Circle: the pom-pom at the top of Peg’s hat is a circle. A circle is a perfectly round shape that has no sides or corners.
  4. Assemble the puppet pieces, using the picture of the finished puppet as a guide.

Note: be sure the top of the triangle extends above Peg’s head so the base of her hat can be glued to it. Give Peg some hair by gluing pieces of orange yarn to the top of her head. Use a black marker or crayon to draw Peg’s eyes and mouth, the buttons on her dress, and to define the heels and toes of her boots. Use a red marker or crayon to make the stripes in her socks. Glue the finished puppet to a wooden craft stick.

cat-puppet

Make Cat: 

  1. Print out the sheet of Cat puppet pieces.
  2. Use it as a pattern for cutting out the shapes that make up Cat’s body from different colors of construction paper. Use the picture of the finished puppet as a guide for what color paper to use for each piece. As you cut out the pieces, talk with your child about the different shapes:
    • Oval: Cat's eyes, arms, and legs are ovals. An oval looks like an egg, or sort of like a squished circle. It has no straight sides of corners, but isn’t a circle because it’s not perfectly round.
    • Triangle: Cat’s ears are triangles. A triangle has three straight sides and three corners.
    • Circle: the tip of Cat’s tail is a circle. A circle is a perfectly round shape that has no sides or corners.
    • Semi-Circle: the middle part of Peg’s hat is a semi-circle, which is half of a circle.
  3. Use a black marker or crayon to draw Cat’s nose and mouth, and the pupils in his eyes.
  4. Glue the finished puppet to a wooden craft stick.

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