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Problem solved with a puppet.

November 22, 2016

Meet "Rainbow Sky the Butterfly" (a hand puppet named by one of my students).




One of the story dances I tell/dance with children at libraries is called, "The Lonely Butterfly."

A child from the audience volunteers to wear the costume wings and be the butterfly in the story. Most children don't want the job of being center-stage, but there is always someone who eagerly shouts out, "I'll do it."


The problem is that I never know in advance exactly how old the children will be. When the audience turns out to be mostly 2-year olds, asking one of them to be the Lonely Butterfly is too much to expect.



So, I decided to make a butterfly hand puppet from materials in my collection of arts and crafts odds and ends. I refurbished some old wings, adding trim, and a fabric covered stick with an old glove attached.




I tried out the Lonely Butterfly story this month with a large group of toddlers and parents at the Melrose Public Library. The puppet was just right for the part!






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