When I was a kid, I never saw a puppet show. I never played with puppets or had any interest in them.
Just LOOK at what Jim Henson has done SINCE then:
For the past couple of months, we have been making marionettes! It’s been a pretty AMAZING process and TONS of work, but it has been worth EVERY mucky, ooey, gooey MINUTE of it! Even though they are “finished”, we are a LONG way from being “done” with them! What follows are some slideshows showing the steps we took, and some reflections on our “highlights” SO far:
“It was really fun making my marionette! It is from India. Why? Because India is my second favourite country! my favourite part is seeing it finished because it almost looks like it is a real Indian girl The papier mache felt gooey. My class had to dip the paper into glue so it would stick to the newspaper face! Oh … I almost forgot to tell you this: my marionette’s name is Rabina. She wears a green dress, has long black hair, a butterfly necklace and long dangly earrings! I’m definitely making one at home so I have TWO marionettes!” ~Hilary
“What I liked about the process is cutting the hair but that’s not all I liked. I also loved stuffing the outer legs. My marionette is representing Ukraine and it is in traditional dress. What I didn’t like doing is stuffing the inner legs because it took 1 hour and 36 minutes! So, my favourite part of of doing papier mache is doing the eyelashes because it looks realistic. My mom helped me. I wonder how she made the waist without a rubber band? The marionette’s name is Daniil. His name means Worshipper of God. I chose Ukraine because my ancestors lived there. I wonder if YOU would make a marionette?” ~Isaac
“If you ask me where my marionette is from, and I told you it’s from Tunisia, what would you say? Well … it’s from Tunisia. When our class first started making marionettes we all got into a big group and did some data gathering. We had four choices: India, Tunisia, Peru and Ukraine. I chose Tunisia because my aunt was at Tunisia so I wanted to figure out more about Tunisia and tell her more about it. My favourite part was the papier mache because I really liked the feeling of the glue!” ~Alex
“My favourite part of my marionette was the papier maching because paper is on my marionette. I like the ooey, gooey part! I like the papier maching part because glue is my favourite thing to do. I am REALLY proud of myself for what I did to my marionette. My marionette is from Peru because my teacher’s marionette was from Peru! The name of my marionette is Daniel. I chose that name because it is my favourite name!” ~Lane
“Hello, blog readers! This writing is about my marionette. She is from India and her name is Seasha Chara. You say “why did I choose India?” I chose India because of the sari! I was about to do Ukraine but then I decided that I wanted to do India because of the sari! Oh. I forgot. I want to tell you what Seasha Chara means. Seasha means “Great Desire” and Chara means “Quiet and Frisky”. Oh … I also need to tell you about my highlights! My highlights are:
- That I didn’t have to roll the tube.
- That Mrs. Renton could teach us how to.
- That Mrs. Adamson’s class could join in the process of making them.
- That it was awesomely fun.
- That I could go on the internet to find a name for my marionette.
I LOVED my experience with making my marionette. I want to teach my family how to make them!” ~Claire
“My marionette’s name is Agata Adolfinn. That means “good noble wolf”. She’s from Peru. I picked Peru because I know the most about Peru. I LOVED the glue stuff!” ~Kale
“My favourite part was dressing up my marionette. I liked dressing up my marionette because I liked the sewing and the look of it when it was done. The name of my marionette is Jithuar. That means “victorious”. The country of my marionette is India and he is a monk. The reason that I chose India and a monk is because in China they also have monks TOO!” ~Melvin
“Hi blog readers! In Grade Three at my school, we made marionettes! My marionette is from India. Her name is Chandrabha Ganika. The meaning of her name is “moonlight-flower”. It reminds me of when I was on a walk and the moon was SO YELLOW! Well, anyways, I loved almost EVERYTHING! I thought at first I had to put layers of papier mache. My favourite part is that I did the papier mache. I even got a bindi from someone! I never thought of why I picked India. It MUST be that it has a LOT of JEWELRY! Oh ya … I forgot to say that I put earrings on her. I was going to put nail polish, eye shadow, and eye lashes but at least I got lipstick! Maybe you should try to make a marionette too!” ~Catherine
“Our marionettes look AWESOME! Everyone’s marionette looks GREAT! Here are some highlights. When it was done and when we got to see it at the end. Another highlight is that you can take HILARIOUS pictures. My marionette is called Borysko Vasyl which means warrior king. Cool, hey? It took me a long time to make my marionette … but it was worth it! My marionette is from Ukraine because, well, actually I just thought it was cool. Hopefully this blog post inspires you to make a marionette!” ~Peng Peng
“I had the … BEST time in a LONG time! You guessed it. We finished our marionettes! What was that, you want me to tell you? Her name … well it is Oksanna. She is a Ukrainian girl. Oh. I almost forgot to tell you her name means welcoming! Hmmm! What did I forget? Oh. I know. My highlight. My highlight was dressing up my marionette and also I liked covering the newspaper body with papier mache! I got to tell you, this was ALMOST as fun as creating my marionette!” ~Kennedy
“Ding, ding, ding went the bell. I went outside and went home. Mom, we have to finish my marionette today. Okay. Then let’s do it today. We are finished and let’s bring it to school today. So, I brought it in. What is your highlight, asks Hilary. Well, my highlight is sewing the dress for my marionette! What’s your favourite part of papier mache? Well, I liked doing the pole of it because it was the easiest part. Where is your marionette from? It is from Ukraine and why is because it is a beautiful country, beautiful music and awesome traditions like Easter! Her name is Kalyna Lonna. Kalyna means rose shrub. Lonna means God’s gift. I wish we could do this again!” ~Kelly
“My favourite part of making my marionette was papier maching my marionette! my marionete is from Ukraine and I did it from Ukraine because my Grandma could help me with making the clothing. She has a doll that has Ukrainian clothing and she gave me the clothes for my marionette! When I saw them when they had no clothes on they looked funny. When they were done, they looked WAY better!” ~Zyne
“Hmm. My favourite part of making my marionette was naming her. I think this is a fabulous name: Lyuba. It means LOVE! She is from Ukraine … a wonderful place kind of known for perogies! I LOVE learning about other places and their foods! So does Lyuba! Why Ukraine, you may ask … because I LOVE how FABULOUS their CLOTHES are! I LOVE Lyuba AND the readers!” ~Amy
“My favourite part of making marionettes was the papier mache because you got to milk the glue off the paper.” ~Sam
“Guess what we’re making … our marionettes! My favourite part was doing papier mache. Hmm. Why did I do India? I did India because I really like the sari that Mrs. Renton brought in. And, my other highlight was that my aunt was travelling to India. I can’t wait until she goes to India. Here is a third highlight. I loved the glue. It felt really good. But, at first I was too scared to put my fingers in! I didn’t want my fingers to get icky! My marionette’s name means glow spark. It was very fun doing this project!” ~Aya
“Hi blog readers! I’m going to tell you about Malka Aabha. She’s my marionette! Malka means queen and Aabha means glow! She is from India. Why did I choose India? Because of the bright colours and jewelry. My favourite part was taking her home and dressing her. I can’t wait to take her home!” ~Noam
“Wow! That is a GOOD marionette … the work is WORTH it, one of my friends said! My marionette is from Ukraine. His name is Fedir Voledymir. Fedir means “figt of God” and Volodymir means “rule with greatness”. I chose my marionette to be from Ukraine because my country is close to Ukraine! My highlight was putting on the clothing. It was fun! My other highlight was putting on the hands and papier maching! You know why papier maching is one of my favourite parts? Because it was GOOEY and because it was the last part for building the marionettes. I wish I could make MORE marionettes!” ~Martin
“My highlight was when I got to dress them. Me and my mom wrapped a sari. My marionette’s country is India. I chose India because Mrs. Renton did an Indian marionette too. It was also beautiful because it had a bindi on. My friend gave me a jewel but I lost it. The jewel was for a bindi so when I finished dressing my marionette I coloured the bindi red. My marionette’s name is Lilly Tarala. It means flower honeybee.” ~Hanna
“Hmm. Why did I pick India? I think it’s because we learned so much about Peru that I want to learn more about a different country. my marionette’s name is Manorama Jyena. The meaning for Manorama is beautiful and the meaning for Jyena is princess. Jyena is SO close to my name! My name is Jenna and her name is Jyena. Can you believe that? One of my favourite parts was putting the clothing on her. But, I also liked seeing her all finished. Her clothes are SO soft! I put little jewels on the top of her dress. There is a part where the dress goes over her shoulder, and then I put jewels on that too! I LOVE my marionette and I am going to keep her FOREVER!” ~Jenna
We still have MILES to go before we are finished with our marionettes. We’ll be working with Comic Life to share some of the photos we’ve been taking, along with some amazing information we are learning about each of our countries. After that … iMovies. If WE’RE not CAREFUL … Mrs. Renton might NEVER let our amazing marionettes come home!
- What country would YOU make a marionette from? Why?