After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy a few weeks ago, I can’t stop making Groot puppets. I do this mostly so I can make him dance. Thankfully, no one finds this strange because we’re all about puppets in our latest exhibit What’s Your Story? From digital to physical, we’ve got supplies to put on some amazing shows.
While below are the instructions specific to Groot, they can be modified to make any Walking Puppet. (For our purposes, a Walking Puppet is one with holes for your fingers to provide the legs).
Foam or cardboard
Glue or tape
Markers or colored pencils
1. Sketch Groot’s form onto either foam or cardboard. (I’ve used foam, but a recycled cereal box would work just as well.) The only requirement is material stiff and strong enough to stand up once it has been cut out.
2. Add two circles at the base. (These are where your fingers will provide “legs”.)
He only looks creepy until you finish his eyes and arms.
3. Don’t forget the details! Add Groot’s eyes, mouth, and a few vines.
4. Draw limbs and leaves separately.
5. Cut out Groot’s body, arms, and leaves.
6. Cut out the circles for your fingers.
6. Glue or tape his “arms” and extra leaves in place.
Just like the movie poster!
7. Turn on music. Make your Groot dance!
Why puppets? They combine art and storytelling and use both to aid students understanding of concepts from history to science. Create the cast of a favorite books and re-enact the story (a fun review and to help with comprehension) or go bold and put on a puppet show of the Oregon Trail or the Rock Cycle.
In the comments, share your classroom creations or other creative ways you’ve used storytelling with your students!
P.S. If anyone is taking requests, I’d love to see a potted puppet Groot.