Handwork for the Lively Arts

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Handwork for the Lively Arts includes those projects that are related in some way to one of the lively arts: drama, music, etc.

Child-sized Projects
Dioramas and Panoramas
Puppets

 

Child-sized Projects

Child-size projects create environments into which the children can physically enter.

Ideas for child-sized projects:

A. Child-sized house, or Playhouse

B. Tower of Babel with cardboard boxes

C. Building a set or props for a play

 

Dioramas and Panoramas

Dioramas and panoramas may involve the use of puppets or figurines, either as a puppet show or dramatic play within the diorama or panorama.

Ideas for projects:

Straight-sided Box Diorama
— Village in Ancient Near East
— Etc.

Small Panoramas
— Model of Thoreau’s cabin and grounds
— Model of the ancient Temple of Jerusalem
— Etc.

 

Puppets

Puppets may be used in puppet shows, or with less formal puppet play.

Ideas for projects:

A. Single-string marionettes

B. Stick Puppets

C. Hand puppets

Draw the puppet on stiff paper or light cardboard. Then cut out the puppet. Attach the puppet to a “tongue depressor” (large wood craft stick) using hot melt glue. To see an example of such a puppet, made by a seven-year-old, click here.

D. Rod puppets

E. Shadow puppets

 

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