Today, we finished reading and illustrating our book, A Study in Emerald. To celebrate, we munched on Frogwiches (homemade gingerbread sandwich cookies), and we made sock puppets of all the major characters in our story. When the kids were done, we got out the old doorway puppet theatre I made way back before Bea was born, and they put on a puppet production of the story! I’ve posted a Gallery of pictures just below, and a DIY/How-to for the puppets at the bottom of the page.
Sir Lochrann Holmes and Seann McUaitson
Detectives Gallagher and Na’Sraide
Siobhan/Cailloan and Haggerty
The Pythons: Strangerson and Drebber
Wiggins, the snake-urchin and Mrs. Houghston, the landlady
Mrs. Limerick and her son, David
(Seann Clancy was not availble for a photo today.)
DIY Snake Sock Puppets
Hot Glue and Gun
A large, old wooden or metal spoon
Choose a pairs of googly eyes, and a few inches of ribbon into a forked tongue for each puppet.
Wiggle the sock down over a large old spoon.
Glue eyes just below the seam at the foot of the sock.
Flip spoon around so that you can’t see the eyes/seam of the sock.
Glue about 1 inch of the ribbon down, pattern side down down the centre towards the tip.
Let cool for a moment before removing the puppet from spoon.