Puppet Theatre

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Puppet Theatre

With wit and ingenuity, Maija Baric shows how to transform wooden spoons, pieces of string, holey socks, outgrown clothes and other scrap materials into beautiful, durable, and functional theatrical puppets. When your puppets are ready to perform, discover how you can bring them to life. You’ll learn to build staging, scenery, and props and how to create sound effects and devise performances.

Your puppet creations will bring real magic into the everyday world. Use them to transform storytelling at home or in the classroom; ease children’s bedtime rituals; and make a birthdays and other occasion truly special. This is a great activity with your children, who will certainly want to create characters and stories of their own.

C O N T E N T S:

1. Puppets Made of Objects
2. Finger Puppets
3. Hand Puppets
4. Tabletop Theater
5. Peek-a-Boo Puppets
6. Hand and knee Theater
7. Outdoor Puppeteering
8. Paper Theater
9. Potato Theater
10. Rod Puppets
11. Marionettes
12. Shadow Theater

About the Author

Maija Baric studied puppetry at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts and is the artistic director of Nukketeatteri Sampo (Puppet Theater Sampo), a professional theater company based in Helsinki and founded in 1977 by Maija and Bojan Baric. She leads courses in puppetry, directs and performs puppet shows, and designs and creates theatrical puppets.

Additional information

Weight 17 oz
Dimensions 8 × 0.5 × 10.5 in


Kristiina Louhi




October 2007






Hawthorn Press

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  1. Patrice Atchison (verified owner)

    What a wonderful book! The word that comes to mind is generous–it’s a generous resource guide for numerous homemade puppetry ideas for parents, teachers and children. From hand puppets to finger puppets, marionettes and rod puppets (and more), the emphasis is on working innovatively and joyfully with easily available materials and household items to create magical new beings and worlds. A fantasy spark and imagination fest! Thank you.

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