You can purchase Telling Tales handmade products at TellingTalesShop.Etsy.com or take a look at the pictures and find out what they are made of below.

Wooden Shadow Puppets

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The wooden shadow puppets are made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified bamboo, that does not require fertilizer and self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn’t need to be replanted. FSC certified products support selective logging and reforested wildlife corridors.

They are made to fit small hands. Hold them with one hand and move a small torch or use a mobile phone in the other. Move the source of light around to make the shadow puppet change size and move.

Sunset shadow play
Sunset shadow play

If the weather is fine, string up a shadow puppet screen outdoors. As the sun sets and casts its golden light onto the screen the kids can bring the puppets to life.

The shadow puppets also make lovely decorations.

Felted Marionettes

I have started experimenting with felting marionettes. They are all made from natural fibres including wool and hemp. Their limbs are attached to yarn strings that look like vines. They are light and only have two strings attached to four limbs to make manipulation achievable for our little puppeteers 🙂

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This is Lily, named by my son.

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This is Chilli, named for her fiery fur. Baby orangutans often have bright orangy-red fur and crazy hair.