Fall Family Fun Night Challenge: Week 2

Autumn Leaf Puppets

Welcome to week 2 of the very special FALL FAMILY FUN NIGHT CHALLENGE! And in case you missed week 1, check out the post HERE. You will be happy you did because the Halloween Paddle Ball game that we made and played is oh, so entertaining! Every Monday during Autumn (well, at least 6 weeks of it) I will post a new set of Make, Play and Snack ideas to share with your family, bringing everyone together for a great night of fun. To make it even easier, sign up to get reminders and free printables sent right to your inbox first thing Monday morning. Then you have all week to schedule a time when everyone will be in the house to enjoy a time of truly connecting and interacting in a way that you might never have before. Slow down, and take a minute to smell the pumpkin spice…

This week we will be making leaf puppets and then performing a puppet show. And, of course, there will be a very yummy snack. So, without delay, let‘s get started…

MAKE: Autumn Leaf Puppets

SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG

  • Fall colored paints, such as orange, red and yellow
  • Paper plates-9″ coated-one for each puppet you plan to make
  • 2 large popsicle sticks for each puppet you plan to make
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Glue stick
  • Googly eyes
  • Scotch tape
  • 2 Pipe cleaners for each puppet you plan to make

It is my goal to see more families crafting together…for so many reasons. But mostly because it is just so much fun! And, in order to do that, it needs to require less prep and be an easy activity to “go to” at a moment’s notice, whenever you find those rare found moments of life. To make creating with your kids’ do-able, fill your bag in advance (using the free printable shopping list or Amazon links HERE). Half of the items you probably already have in your house right now. It is just a matter of collecting them together. Once your craft kit is together, you can just pull it out and pick any craft on this blog. And I mean ANY craft. (With more crafts being added all the time!)

Step 1

  • Draw or trace a leaf onto the paper plate. You can print and trace the leaves from the template below or just free hand draw your own.
  • Cut out the shape.

Step 2

  • First, place the leaf shape onto the newspaper.
  • Then, squeeze some drops of the fall colored paints down the center of the leaf, in a random pattern. It is easiest to do this on the non-coated side of the plate.
  • Last, put the popsicle stick directly in the middle of the paint and pull the popsicle stick across that half of the leaf at a slight angle. Place the popsicle stick back in the middle and pull the paint across the other side of the leaf, again moving at a slight angle upward. *See the video below.
  • Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before moving on. While you are waiting, go to the PLAY or SNACK portions of the night and come back to this when the paint is dry.
leaf puppets step 2
leaf puppets step 2

Step 3

  • Give your leaf a face by gluing on googly eyes and drawing on a mouth. Add other details as desired.
  • Turn the leaf over and tape a popsicle stick onto the back to use as a handle for your puppet.
  • Last, give it arms and legs by taping pipe cleaners in place as pictured. I added a spiral to mine by wrapping it around a pencil. Keep in mind that pipe cleaner arms can be made to hold things for your puppet show.
leaf puppets step 3
leaf puppets step 3
Autumn Leaf Puppets step 3
Leaf Puppets step 3

Alternative Directions

If you have little ones who will find it very difficult to wait while paint dries (been there!), then skip that step. Instead, make your leaves out of fall colored construction paper. Just trace, cut and add the details as outlined in step 3. Remember, the whole point of this is just to have fun together as a family. So, keep it simple!

PLAY: Autumn Leaf Puppet Show

This step is pretty much self explanatory. Once you make the puppets, put on a puppet show. For your stage, you can just use a coffee table or back of a chair, no need to have a pricey special set up. For kids that are a little older, you can encourage them to come up with the story in advance and even “story board” it. By that I mean, draw a little picture of each scene and write a few words about what will happen. THIS free printable paper is a great way to create each scene.

If you prefer, find some of your favorite music to play and let the puppets just dance together. Put your right foot in, put your right foot out, do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around!

Autumn Leaf Puppet Show
Autumn Leaf Puppet Show

SNACK: Caramel Popcorn

This weeks snack is sticky, sweet and soooo yummy! And it comes to us from Shugary Sweets blog. You can find this simple recipe at https://www.shugarysweets.com/caramel-corn/ This makes about 16 servings. And I have a feeling you will eat every last kernel! This popcorn can be made in advance or together as part of the evening festivities. It can even be done while you are waiting for the paint to dry.

caramel popcorn
caramel popcorn

If you prefer to just buy some caramel popcorn instead of making it, try Fisher’s caramel popcorn or Orville Redenbacher’s microwave caramel popcorn.

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Fall Family Fun Night Challenge Week 2: Autumn Leaf Puppets
Autumn Leaf Puppets

I would absolutely love to see how your family is enjoying these Autumn inspired nights together, making, playing and snacking. Send pics, videos, and stories to hello@inthebagkidscrafts.com. It would really make my day!

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