Leo: A Ghost Story Popsicle Stick Puppets

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LEO: A GHOST STORY is a book that reflects a child’s imagination with its pretend-play, the way a ghost feels commonplace, and the fact that Christian Robinson’s illustrations are created out of imperfect cut-paper. Also, knights of the round table and sidewalk chalk drawings!

here’s what we’re making



I figured a good craft to pair with such an imaginative book is one that allows for a child’s own imagination to shine in the making and the playing. Thus, we give you, popsicle stick puppets of Leo, Jane, and the whole make-believe gang!

Click here for downloadable instructions.


here’s what you’ll need

  • Pencils
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Tracing paper or sturdy translucent paper
  • Blue construction paper
  • Black marker
  • (Optional for stage: white construction paper and blue colored pencil or crayon)



let’s get started!


Instructions:

1. Trace Leo from the cover of Leo: A Ghost Story in pencil; cut around him.

2. Tape transparent Leo to a popsicle stick and you’ve got a puppet already!




3. Draw Jane and other elements from the book by hand on blue construction paper (pencil first, then marker recommended); cut around them.

4. Tape Jane and other elements to popsicle sticks. More puppets!



Optional for stage: Draw and cut out curtains; tape them to white paper; color in blue halfway up.




Voila!



we’re all done!

Tell your own stories with Leo and Jane!


Be sure to check out our ALL THE WONDERS of Leo: a Ghost Story post for much more with Leo, including an interview with Leo: a Ghost Story author Mac Barnett, an interview with Christian Robinson, Leo’s illustrator, and a look inside the book.

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Danielle Davis

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Danielle Davis reads, writes, and roller skates in Los Angeles. She brings picture books to life on her blog, This Picture Book Life, which as it happens is a good place to find her.

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