Ready to make a puppet of the Peekaboo Cat that can really play peekaboo? Here’s another version of the Peekaboo Cat puppet – all dressed up for Christmas!
- This template
- White Bristol board
- Four skinny popsicle sticks
- craft knife
- Glue stick
- Glue gun
1. Print out the template. With a glue stick glue the template onto to the bristle board. Cut out the cat’s body and its arms. This template includes two sets of arms so that Peekaboo Cat’s sleeves can be double-sided. Sandwich them together during this step.
2. Use a craft knife to cut the two little arm slits in the cat’s body. Be careful to protect your surface underneath.
3. Feed the arms through the holes paws facing forward adjust until paws are covering the cat’s eyes. Make sure that Peekaboo Cats heart-shaped paw pads will touch the cat’s face when raised. Turn the cat over facing down on the table. Next, apply hot glue down the exposed length of the back of the two arms than press popsicle sticks onto the glue.
4. Use the glue gun to glue the top half of the popsicle stick to the bottom back of the cat’s body. This is the stick that you’ll hold to control the body.
5. Use the glue gun to glue another popsicle stick sideways across the bottom of both arm sticks ends connecting them together.
You’re done! To perform your puppet, hold a popsicle stick in each hand. Use one stick to hold the body upright. When you hold the other stick upright too, the cat covers its eyes with its paws. But when you tilt the stick up and out, the paws come down. Peekaboo!
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Grant Harding is a puppeteer with a degree in biology and a passion for education and the environment. Follow Grant on Twitter, or check out his website.
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