Artsy-Craftsy :- Puppets


This post goes to my inspiration for the puppet challenge my daughter Na and my QC group formed by Narad and H 🙂  Nothing gets published without their approval. 

All puppets are created with stuff found at home. The base for all the puppets are foam letters that I managed to find among all my daughter’s toys.  Most of the letters are long gone so I worked with whatever I could find 🙂 The paper on the foam letters are mostly recycled from old gifts bags that cannot be used anymore. The polar bear is made with cotton. The “googly” eyes stuck on the puppets and the ice cream sticks are from an old project. I had many of these lying around and made use of it now, thanks to Artsy-Craftsy! The basis for all these ideas comes from  DLTK suggested by Shruti. I played around a bit with what I found on the net  so unfortunately, I don’t have a specific website that I could pinpoint to for tutorials.

Below  is my submission  for the March challenge –

The story

Long long ago there was a very talkative frog prince called Narad, who lived deep inside a well.  He was once gifted a book by one of his friends, on his birthday. This book spoke about the four directions north, south, east and west  in this world  and the variety of climates offered in each direction. Now, Narad had never been outside his well. However this book spiked his curiosity and so  he decided on travelling to the four directions and started going north.



Hop Hop Hopity, Hop Hop Hop 

Hop to the North, hop to the top 

Hop to meet Mr.Polar Bear who lives in all that snow 

Come lets all meet him and say a great big hello!! 

So Narad the Frog Prince, stayed with Mr.Polar Bear

Learning all about the snow

But all that cold gave him quite a scare

So he left Mr.Bear after a bow!!!

Hop Hop Hopity, Hop Hop Hop

Hopping to the East, Narad heard the plip plop!

He  met Mr.Peacock who danced without a strain

 Isn’t that a beautiful sight after all the rain!


Narad the Frog Prince met Mr.Peacock

And enjoyed the rain and Mr.Peacock’s graceful motions

But in all that water he could not talk

So he left, since keeping quite was not a pleasant option!

Hop Hop Hopity, Hop Hop Hop

Hop to the South, careful it is a drop!

Hop to meet Mr.Lion as yellow as the sun

He will teach you about summer, oh what fun!


Next Narad met Mr.Lion the jungle king

Oh how he loved the sun and the green

But all that heat gave him a good browning

So he left from the south after applying sun screen!

Hop hop hopity, hop hop hop

Hop to the West, it is the last stop!

Hop to meet Mr.Eagle, he flies high and low

To learn about autumn and colourful leaves to blow!


Then the Frog Prince hopped over to Mr.Eagle

And learnt the autumn colours brown, yellow and auburn

But all the wind made Narad’s long hand’s entangle

So he left from there and did not return!


North or South, East or West

Narad learnt home is the best!

So decided Prince Narad the frog

I’ll go home to eat, sleep and read blogs!!

The End!!


Tries to run away before the overripe tomatoes or rotten eggs reach her!!!


Updated to add –

These puppets are also submitted to  –

Secret crafter March 13th challenge – Anything goes



  1. Shruti said,

    March 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh these are awesome!!!! 🙂
    I’m just so happy ur kids loved this. puppets are such a craze in my house that i wanted other moms to be inspired too. Thanks for sending in ur submissions.
    I’m linking these up at my blog. Do leave a comment at march artsy craftsy post. so that others can follow from that page.

  2. Shruti said,

    March 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve scheduled it to post tomorrow morning (14th march)

  3. Monika said,

    March 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Super Coooooooo.. Hats off to your left side of the brain:)

    • Shankari said,

      March 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks da! Means a lot when close friends appreciate 🙂

  4. artnavy said,

    March 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Fantastic stuff- will do these with anush soon. tnx for the ideas.

    • Shankari said,

      March 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Art! Do let me know how Anush likes them 🙂 My daughter gets so thrilled when she sees these pictures on the blog! She goes “naanum neeyum panninoemae!!!!!” 🙂

  5. Jane Carroll said,

    March 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm


    Thanks for joining us on SCSC 🙂

    Hugs Jane x

  6. narayanan said,

    March 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    This is great imagination. Very good art. Good story line. Nice entertainment for the young and old. Good going

  7. Momo's Ma said,

    March 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

    hey, lovely lovely puppets n a beautiful story weaved in. sooper effort. 🙂

    • Shankari said,

      March 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

      Thanks! My kids just love these puppets and the story 🙂 Do give it a try sometime, am sure Momo would love it too 🙂

  8. Trish said,

    March 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

    super Cool,Shankari!Great way to teach the alphabet too!! I especially love the frog!

    • Shankari said,

      March 16, 2010 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks Trish. My older daughters favourite soft toy was a green frog.. hence he became Narad the Frog Prince.

  9. March 23, 2010 at 2:25 am

    […] Prince Narad the frog comes back from his travels and his friends come over to meet him. They are all very eager to hear about his travels and he […]

  10. Abha said,

    March 23, 2010 at 7:18 am

    brilliant stuff!! 🙂

  11. Lakshmi said,

    April 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    You, lady, are going to keep our family occupied through summer.
    Thank you.

    • Shankari said,

      April 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      I don’t know, talented as you and V are, you will knock these out maybe in a couple of hours!

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