Puppeteering with Folkmanis Puppets
Bringing your puppets to life –
“Oh, but I could never do that!”
With puppet in hand, proceed to the nearest mirror to try it on for size.
By following these few tips, you’ll soon convince friends that you’re
a natural puppeteer.
Insert your thumb in one paw, and the little finger
in the other. This leaves three fingers for the manipulation of the nose
and/or mouth. NOTE: even if you’re right-handed, you might find your
left hand more relaxed for puppeteering (or vice-versa.) This is a
common experience, and one we can’t explain. With the animal on
one hand, hold it in the crook of your other arm. This gives your puppet
a nice nest and conceals the secret of your participation.
Remember that nothing looks more awkward (or unconvincing) than a
puppet perched on the end of an extended arm and hand.
If your puppet has a snout (bears, beavers, raccoons, skunks) two
twitching fingers will produce a wiggling nose. Have your puppet crawl
up your shoulder, tug at your sleeve, scratch, twist around, or hide
in the crook of your arm.
For animals with tails, nest the puppet on your free arm, extending your
fingers of that arm toward the elbow of your “puppet arm.” Position your
thumb under the base of the tail and move it up and down to swish the
The sea otter, small panda, and cats look particularly endearing on
their backs, in the crook of your arm. From this position, have them
gaze at their audience, occasionally hiding their eyes behind their paws,
scratching, or nestling down for a snooze.
Props like rubber balls, oranges, small mirrors, cups, or wrapped candy
will awaken the natural curiosity of your animal. Insert your whole hand
through the hidden sleeve of the larger, cuddly animals for animated
Folkmanis Puppets - the complete line - goat, llama, dogs, birds, snakes, mythical creatures, cats, and more.
New Finger puppets (Rooster, Cow, pig, butterflies, ladybug, and many more)
New Characters (Boy, Girl, Ballerinas, Fairies, Witch, Fortune Teller)
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