Skip to main content

"Arthur's Nose" Shadow Puppets

Alligator Nose
You may remember that the show-stopper in our "set list" for shadow puppet show was Mother Mother I Feel Sick Send for the Doctor Quick Quick Quick, but the other full-length picture book we performed was Arthur's Nose by Marc Brown, the first book in the Arthur series. The plot centers on Arthur being embarrassed by his long aardvark nose so he decides to try on some other types of noses to see if any are a better fit. Eventually he decides he's happiest with his own nose. This whole story is made much funnier to me because Arthur's nose no longer bears any resemblance to the one in this book.


I thought it would be pretty confusing for the kids and parents if I used a puppet for the main character that looked anything like the aardvark Arthur, so I used the same image I manipulated to make the Nobody Likes Me felt board I posted previously.

Here's how I made this show (similar to the MMIFSSFTDQQQ process):

1. I drew all the noses I wanted in Paint. Some of them I didn't think would translate well to shadow puppets (koala!?) so I didn't try to make those. The zebra is my favorite.
2. I opened the nose files in Publisher and sized them to be the appropriate proportion with the generic silhouette face.
3. I printed the noses and face onto black cardstock and cut them out:

To use the overhead projector with these pieces, I simply taped the face piece onto a transparency sheet so it wouldn't move around. Then I set down the nose on top as suggested by the text.

I rewrote the text of the book to present it more easily, leaving out much from the beginning pages. I did not bother making the other characters in the story, as my version is basically an excuse to have a puppet try on funny noses.

This is also the story I sent to my First Annual Storytime Swap partner. I hope Ann likes it! See what others shared in the swap here!

And, because I had a lot of fun with this story, here's how Arthur looks with a few other noses:
Hippo Nose

Elephant Nose
Download my patterns here for free: 
Staff - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Comments

Anonymous said…
What a fun, fun, thing!! I love this! You had some funny noses! But I didn't see a dog! I bet the kids really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous said…
Hi Anne,
Thank you so much for this set. Looking forward to doing this...It will be my first time..I have the overhead projector but am wondering where you buy the transparency sheets?
Thanks again,
Ann
Anne Clark said…
Rhythm-- Thanks, that is so sweet. No dog nose in this one! Maybe I'll make one. :)

Ann, I sent you an email.If anyone else is wondering, I'm pretty sure they are from Staples. Any office supply store should have them, and I think our Walmart might carry them as well.
Anonymous said…
Wow, this is awesome! I just ordered the book. I have to think of a way to adapt it for my outreach programs...

Popular posts from this blog

Program Idea: Parachute Playtime

This summer I offered a parachute playtime for kids 2-3 and 4-5. The idea for this program came from the genius that is my close personal friend Miss Lisa, so make sure you stop by her blog to see what activities she includes in her parachute programs. In addition to her program, I also got ideas from Parachute Play by Liz and Dick Wilmes

I like to do a lot of nursery rhymes with the parachute for a few reasons:
Parents/kids are more likely to participate in activities where the content is already familiarI already know them so I don't have to learn a whole bunch of material at once (just being honest here)Easy for the families to replicate this activities at home with whatever props they might have. If they (or you!) don't have a parachute, a bed sheet or blanket can be substituted easily. Even a beach towel would work for one parent and one child to play together.  This is my mean reason and I tried to hammer this in at all three programs I did the past two weeks! Parachute …

A Year's Worth of Library Display Ideas (part 1 of series)

One of my favorite things to do in my library is create displays. I thought it might be helpful if I shared the calendar that I drew up to make sure I don't miss any of the "must-do" displays. It is so helpful if you can take people over to a seasonal display versus trying to look up in the catalog or find Easter books or whatever. I hope this helps any new librarians who might be overwhelmed by the process of marketing your collection!

As a general rule, I tend to keep displays up for about 3-4 weeks or if I run out of books all together. One tip I'd recommend if you have the space for multiple displays is to change one display in each space every week and rotate around the youth department like that. For example, one week you put up a new picture books display, then nonfiction, then YA/teen, etc. Don't forget to raid your CD and DVD collections for a multi-category display.

A great resource for making display is Chase's Calendar of Events, which is a prett…

"Sleeping Bunnies" on the Parachute!

Here's one of my favorite parachute activities! I actually mentioned it a few months ago when talking about my summer parachute playtime but it's become a storytime staple since. We've been doing this here at my 2 and 3 year old storytimes and it's a great activity that I thought deserved its own post. I learned the song "Sleeping Bunnies" from Mary and I had the idea to adapt it to a parachute activity.

We use the version from Kathy Reid-Naiman's Tickles and Tunes CD.

Here are the words:

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping til it's nearly noon. 
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune. 
Oh, how are still. 
Are they ill? 
Wake up soon. (Here I yell "WAKE UP BUNNIES!" and the kids shake the parachute.)

Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 

Then we say "good night" to the bunnies and repeat a few times.

Today's Flannel Friday is hosted by Cate!