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Puppet Crafts and Activities for Kids

Gourd Puppets

Using a gourd, you can make a finger puppet or a hand puppet.
Using a gourd, you can make a finger puppet or a hand puppet.
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Pick gourds fresh from a garden or find them in markets during the fall and winter to make unique gourd puppets.

Pick out a funny-shaped gourd and paint a self-portrait or a silly face on it. Now put on a gourd puppet show!


What You'll Need:

  • Small gourds
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Fabric scraps
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

How To Make a Gourd Finger Puppet:

Step 1: Using the long, curved top of the gourd as the nose, paint on features for a face.

Step 2: Cut a hole in the bottom of the puppet's "head" and scoop out the contents with a spoon.

Step 3: Allow the gourd to dry, then use your finger as the puppet's neck.

How To Make a Gourd Hand Puppet:

Step 1: Turn the gourd upside-down, and use the long, curved part as the neck.

Step 2: Paint a funny face on the "head" adding plenty of features.

Step 3: Sew clothes for your puppet from fabric scraps.

Now it's time for the show!

On the next page, find out how to make a puppet using a brown paper lunch bag.

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