Art with Alyssa: DIY Lorax Puppets & Theater

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Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ lovable and courageous storybook character, craft your own Lorax stick puppets and puppet theater. This fun project is a great springboard for conversation with kids about the environment, how our actions impact others, and how to make a difference in the world. It also brings the beloved story, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, to life.

Discussion Points for Parents/Teachers

  • The importance of protecting the environment and natural resources
  • How our actions impact others
  • Advocating for those who can’t advocate for themselves
  • How kids can make a difference in the world
  • This project is great for scissors skills, storytelling and imaginative play.

Supplies

  • Newsprint or paper grocery bag to cover workspace
  • White cardstock
  • Colored markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Glue stick or white glue
  • Character images: The Lorax, Humming Fish, Brown Barbaloots, Swomee Swans and Truffula Trees
  • Tri-fold display board
  • Craft knife
  • Colored paper and/or colored pom-poms

Directions

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Stick puppets

  1. Print and color character images below (or draw and color your own). In the story, the Lorax is orange with a yellow mustache, Barbaloots are brown, Swomee Swans are orange with yellow heads, Humming Fish are light orange.*
  2. Cut out each character and glue them to craft sticks.

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Puppet Theater

  1. About 2-3 inches from the top and each side panel, use a craft knife (parent’s job) to cut an opening of at least 11 x 14 inches in the center panel (this will be the puppet theater window).
  2. Decorate the theater with hand-drawn Truffula Trees and grass if you wish (see photo for reference). Optional: create tree tufts with colored pom-poms.

The puppet theater can be used for other puppet shows—just create additional puppet characters!

*Allow children to exercise their creativity and color the characters however they want.

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Please click the pictures above for 8.5 x 11 inch pdf files that can be printed for coloring and making puppets.

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Alyssa Navapanich is a local art enthusiast who teaches art to elementary school kids in North County.

Click here for more Lorax-inspired crafts, including goodie bags and Truffula Tree seed treats.

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