Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Jumping Jack

A jumping jack was a puppet that was sold at The Great Fairs of the Middle Ages. They were typically carved of wood and painted to make lots of fun for children and adults, alike.

Here is our version of a Jumping Jack puppet. The pattern for this puppet is found in Days of Knights and Damsels, Activity Book by Laurie Carlson.
I enlarged the pattern on my copy machine and copied it on white card stock. The total size of this puppet is 20 inches. Youngest son colored it to his preference and it was put together with brass brads. You need to make the the brads loose enough that the puppet will swing its legs.

Next you thread the string. We used yarn and a large tapestry needle for this part. Tie a knot at the end of the yarn and thread the needle. Make a new hole with the needle above the place where the brad is inserted. Do this on both sides and the legs as well as shown below. Trim all the extra yarn. Finally, connect a long piece of yarn to the top horizontal thread connecting the arms and then connect the same piece of yarn to the bottom horizontal yarn connecting the legs. We decided to thread a few beads on the pull string that was hanging down.

And here it is in action!

Tapestry of Grace is a perfect fit for our family. It has such creative ways to teach about all periods in history. We are having loads of fun with Medieval History and this craft is perfect for my 9 year old son. I don't think I would have come up with this creative idea on my own. Thank you, TOG
Blessings, Suzie


Melanie said...

What a great project! I love the video so we can see it "in action."

jonnia said...

How cute! I skipped over that, but will definitely be going back to pick it up. Nice to see that it really works!

Rebecca said...

Nice! I wish I had seen this yesterday, and we might have dove into the project during our snow day. As it is now, we are playing "catch up" to finish out our week this Friday.

(Yes, I know...home school doesn't need to take snow days...but Dad was home and we all took a day off from the "regular.")

Lepidoptera said...

Adorable! You and your son did a great job. We are traveling through the Middle Ages with TOG too this year. I am hoping to get some pictures of our projects today and post them to our blog. If I do, I'll let you know on TLT.

Shonya said...

Looks great! It's so fun to see what other hsers do! I'm having a hard time with 'fun, hands on crafts' this year as we're learning about the Dec of Ind and US Constitution! ;) said...

Love it for the younger group...was this UG?