Tuesday, January 1, 2013

T-rex Finger Puppet

My recent posts seem to be centering on the British Geological Survey web site and videos which will continue today with a focus one of their paper puppet activities. It is interesting how looking at one thing can lead you to new knowledge from a slightly different direction. The path that lead me to this puppet was initiated after reading the blog post entitled A Story of the Season on Fossils and Other Living Things web site. It was about story about a Christmas message created with foraminiferas on microscope slide by Arthur Earland in 1912. While searching the Internet for images of this slide I came across the videos and images of the British Geological Survey.

The PDF templates and directions can be found at their web site here: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/time/puppets/tRex.html

When I created the puppet I had to resize the image from A4 paper to 8.5"x11" paper. Doing this seems to converted the hand puppet into a finger puppet. The tools I used were:
  • Color printer
  • Cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Scotch Tape
  • Drywall screw holder (could not find paper fasteners)
The drywall plastic pieces make this puppet look like a FrankenRex monster. I found the activity interesting and something I will share with my plethora of small nephews. Need to be patient when cutting out the teeth on the jaw sections though.

This YouTube video lasting about 6 minutes shows how to assemble the Tyrannosaurus rex hand puppet.