Saturday, September 24, 2011

Playing with Puppets - Celebrating Jim Henson

Statue of Jim Henson at Maryland University
Today Google celebrates the 75th birthday of Jim Henson. They have created a special Google logo so we can all be puppeteers if only for a few moments. Go to Google today and click on the logo to make the puppets respond to your commands.

In reading about Jim Henson today I discovered that he loved dogs. Coincidentally, I wrote a blog post last week, in honor of Adopt a Dog Month in October. This link will lead you to that blog post. http://tinyurl.com/3wvyd29

And of course, we all know that Kermit the Frog is one of the best known puppets created by Jim. Here is a blog post from 2010, which of course is all about frogs. http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2010/04/april-is-national-frog-month-so-get.html

So here’s to Jim Henson and all of the wonderful moments he added to our lives!

 
STORIES AND SCRIPTS

The Four Puppets – Burma
http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/043.html

Legends and Lore – Scripts to bring The Three Little Pigs, Iktomi and the Kettles and others come alive.  http://www.legendsandlore.com/scripts.html

Officer of Heaven – An easy finger puppet play from Western China. http://www.auntannie.com/Puppets/ConeFinger/OfficerOfHeavenPlay.pdf

Puppets for Librarians – Storyteller Granny Sue and librarian Nancy Whetstone have joined forces to create this useful puppetry blog. Stories, crafts and more.
http://tinyurl.com/3wrymx6


BOOKS

Southeast Kansas Library Systems – Puppet and Fingerplays bibliography.
http://tinyurl.com/3u3vvst


CRAFTS

Alligator Arm Puppet – Easy craft with template.
http://tinyurl.com/3md48tc

Paper Cone Finger Puppets – Five easy animal puppets to complement the play, Officer of Heaven above in the Stories and Scripts section . Templates provided.
http://www.auntannie.com/Puppets/ConeFinger/

DLTK-KIDS.COM– A wide variety of paper bag puppets to suit many themes.

http://www.dltk-kids.com/type/paper_bag.htm



Sock Puppet
http://www.legendsandlore.com/sockpuppets.html



CURRICULUM

Chinese Lesson Plan – Shadow Puppets
http://ncta.osu.edu/lessons/china/lit/Hendricks-China.pdf

Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Tall Tales and Puppets! Grade 3-5
http://www.cccoe.net/tales/PUPPET_LES.pdf


 
PUPPETRY TECHNIQUES AND TUTORIALS

Legends and Lore – Puppet Manipulation http://www.legendsandlore.com/puppetmanipulation.html 

Puppet Productions – Basic Techniques of Puppetry Manipulation. Techniques to help you make your puppet come alive!
http://tinyurl.com/3ob8jpy

Tips for Puppeteers YouTube Videos - Paul Lewis from Puppets and Stuff.com offers a series of tutorials to help you learn to master the art.
http://tinyurl.com/3gamyx7

Tips for Using Puppets With Young Children – Storyteller Priscilla Howe shares her successful techniques.
http://tinyurl.com/3n2ld7m


 
MORE RESOURCES

Storybug.net - Puppets and Puppetry – A number of resources I have collected over the years can be found on my website. * There are a few dead links, which will be removed shortly and the new URL for Puppets with a purpose is http://www.puppetswithapurpose.com/ . That will be updated shortly as well, as soon as my amazing webmaster has time.
http://www.storybug.net/links/puppets.html






Karen Chace  2011 ©
This blog post was painstakingly researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my newsletter via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Going to the Dogs! October Is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month





All my life safe I have been blessed with the company of loving dogs. Every one was a mixed breed, or mutt, only one was pure breed, a cocker spaniel named Brandy. She was given to me to save her from an abusive master. They say people start to look like their dogs and from the start that was true as Brandy and I shared the same hair color.
 

Toby, the Amazing Rescue Dog!
Now, my dog Toby is the one who steals my heart. One day I will have to film him as he begins his morning stretching routine. I swear the dog knows yoga poses! He is inquisitive, loving, funny, smart and yes, he is a rescue dog. From the very moment he greeted us after he underwent a long drive through a winter ice storm from Minnesota to Massachusetts his tail has never stopped wagging!

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. and I hope you can open up your heart and home. The reward will be priceless! Here are some stories to celebrate the canines in our lives that really are part of our families.


STORIES


The Dog and the Sparrow - Grimm
The Faithful Dog and the Serpent - Jewish
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0178a.html#rappoport
The Giant Dog - Eskimo
http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/inu/eft/eft34.htm

The Golden Beetle or Why Dog Hates Cat - China
http://worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Chinese_Folktale_1.html
The Sheep, the Shepherd and the Dog - Fable
http://www.mythfolklore.net/aesopica/oxford/67.htm

Spectre Dogs – England
The Three Dogs - Germany
http://tinyurl.com/qbxjnmj

The Tortoise, the Dog and the Farmer - Africa
http://allfolktales.com/wafrica/tortoise_dog_farmer.php
Why Dogs Sniff Tails - Iroquois
http://pets.families.com/blog/animal-folktales-why-dogs-sniff-tails


BOOKS

Kid’s Wings – Dog books with units to guide literature circles.
http://suzyred.com/dogunits.html

CRAFTS

CD Dog

Looking for a way to use all of your old CD’s? Your children and students will love this adorable craft.
http://familycrafts.about.com/od/cdcrafts/ss/cdanimals_4.htm

DLTK-Kids A litter of puppy crafts here to keep the young one’s busy for hours.
http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/pets-dogs.htm



CURRICULUM

National 4-H National Dog Curriculum
http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/curriculum/4-h-dog/

National Teacher Training Institute: This Place Is Going to the Dogs – Grades 5-8
http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/ntti/resources/lessons/s_bobdogs/index.html


Seeking a loving dog to adopt? Here are some places to start.
ASPCA
Petfinder.com – Looking for an adorable pet to love? This is the place.



Karen Chace © 2011
This blog post was painstakingly researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my newsletter via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.