Toilet Paper Roll Giraffe Marionette

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We ADORE Toilet Paper Crafts for Kids. This week’s book & craft has been “brewing” for a while…   I am not sure why haven’t done it sooner, maybe I thought Red Ted was still too young. Well, he is in terms of  crafting, but he isn’t in terms of painting, sticking, helping and of course PLAYING! So, we embraced the craft – a great one for children 5yrs+ or with a helping adult!!! Red Ted loves the resulting Toilet Paper Roll Giraffe marionettes!!! These Giraffe Puppets where inspired by the wonderful Picture Book Giraffe’s Can’t Dance. More on that below!

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The Picture Book – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance

Giraffe’s Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae. Early this week, I already reviewed “Giraffe’s Can’t Dance”. Here we have it again: I have to confess to picking this book up, because I like the “format”. Our version is a smallish board book. I also liked the rhythm and rhyme of the book and Red Ted liked the bright colours. Here we have the story of a Gerald the giraffe that is, well, a little clumsy on his feet. Each year the jungle holds a jungle dance and Gerald feels left out has he is so “rubbish”. Sadly he wanders off… however, a small cricket helps him discover his “inner self”. A lesson: we are all good at something, as long as we find the right way for us. Hurray! Happy Ending.

Today we are going to make Gerald as a fun Toilet Paper Roll Giraffe Marionette! The materials are very simple!

Toilet Paper Roll Giraffe Marionette

Toilet Roll Giraffe Materials

  • 2 loo rolls per Toilet Paper Roll Giraffe,
  • 1-2 sheets of A4 in contrasting colours (red & yellow in our case),
  • paints (red & yellow, I prefer acrylics as they don’t get so dry and crumble like some poster paints),
  • brushes,
  • scissors,
  • glue and later
  • chopsticks and string (not shown in photo, as only decided to add these later)

How to make a puppet with Toilet Paper Rolls

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2) Paint two loo rolls yellow. Red Ted decided he “wanted” red, so I decided to make 2 giraffes with him. So we painted another 2 loo rolls red. I helped him, as he was getting a little tired!

3) We then dabbed on some spots in the contrasting colour with cotton wool. I think lots  of paint gives it nice “texture” to your toilet paper roll Giraffe!

4) Let it dry.

The Toilet Paper Roll Giraffe Puppet’s Legs

Start on the legs.

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5) I didn’t have yellow paper, so I quickly “made” some with cotton wool and watered down paint… Just means you have to wait for it to dry. I only did one side. Don’t think it matters if one side is white and the other yellow. If your children have a longer attention span, they can help with this too!

6) Cut the paper in to even strips. I made mine about 1cm wide and used a ruler to help me (marked one sheet, but cut four sheets in one go). The neater and more even you cut, the better!

7) The “tricky bit”: Take one yellow and one red strip. It is kind of like pleating the two pieces of paper. Glue down the first two bits and then alternately fold over. Once you get to the end of the paper, I glued on another strip.  So each leg and neck is made of 2 yellow strips and 2 red strips of paper. Glue top down.

8) Make 5 for each giraffe (so we made 10 – got a little boring, I admit). Whilst I folded. Red Ted did some play gluing and play folding with extra strips of paper! I also made 2 smaller sets (about 1/2cm wide) in one colour for the horns and cut out some “ears”.

Assembling the Toilet Paper Roll Giraffe Marionette

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9) Cut down one loo roll for head (about 2/3rds)

10) Glue legs and neck on. I used cloth pegs to keep them in place whilst drying.

11) Glue on horns, ears and draw eyes/ stick on googly eyes

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I found at this point that the giraffes were finished, but no so easy to play with, as the neck kept flopping about. So I decided to make marionettes out of them – I used some take away chopsticks (but lollipop sticks will do) and garden string!

12) FINISHED!

We then revisited the story at bedtime. Red Ted was delighted! And the Gerald and Geraldine have indeed been doing LOTS of dancing!

What have you made using Toilet Paper Rolls? Let me know in the comments below!

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