Craft: Larger Than Life

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Have your children work together to create an unforgettable
Easter play with these giant puppets. Children will make the
puppets, write the script, and perform the play.

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To make each puppet, you’ll need a broom or string mop, a large
sheet of poster board, art supplies, one 36-inch-long dowel, duct
tape, a long-sleeved adult shirt or oversized dress, and varied
clothing and accessories.

Have kids invert the broom and cut out a large poster-board
head. Have them decorate each head to represent a character in the
Easter story. While children decorate the puppet’s head, tape the
dowel to the broom to create shoulders and arms. Tape the finished
head to the broom and have kids dress the puppet’s “body.”

Working the puppet requires a child to climb inside the puppet’s
shirt or dress and hold onto the broom handle in front of his or
her chest. Have puppeteers practice moving with the puppet.

To write the script, children can create a paraphrased version of
the Easter story or place it in a modern-day setting. Children may
even decide to do a music video. Encourage them to be creative and
to dig into the Bible story so they understand what Easter is all
about.

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It’s show time! Invite families and other church members to view
children’s creations. Or, better yet, have kids present their
puppet play on Easter morning in the worship service.

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