DIY crafts: Make Mouse Puppet With Pet Bottles

We all have stories to tell but only a few tell them well. They are the ones that engross you with every word, with drama and action. And now with 4D and 5D films, storytelling has evolved to another level. Precisely why I feel that even the everyday stories that we tell our kids need something more. It needs pop-up pictures, touch and feel illustrations and even a puppet. Of course if your kids are on a holiday, DIY puppets are a great way to keep them engaged too. My twins and I chose ‘The Country Mouse and The Town Mouse‘ storybook and decided to being it alive with mouse puppet made with plastic pet bottles.

 
                                        My twins and I chose ‘The Country Mouse and The Town Mouse‘ storybook


Is it easy? Yes Mommies, it is super easy and quick. And you can use things that are just lying around in your drawers. I used strings and buttons, you could even use doll clothes if you wish to pep things up.

My twins and I chose ‘The Country Mouse and The Town Mouse‘ storybookAge: 4+ with help and 8+ independently
You will need:
2 pet bottles
1 brown paper sheet
1 plain paper sheet
1 paper plate
FEVICOL tube or glue
Colour pencils
Buttons and strings
A pair of scissors
A knife 

Steps:
To Make Country Mouse Puppet:
1: Wrap a plastic pet bottle with a brown sheet.
2: Cut two mouse ears out of the paper plates. Just make sure that you leave pointed edges at the bottom of the ears. We will need those to fix the ears inside the slits on the bottle later.
3: Make two slits on the top of the pet bottles. Now fix the mouse ears on these slits and insert the pointed edges of the ears into the bottle.
4: Fold the plain white paper sheet and cut out 2 big eyes out of it. Then cut 2 pupils from the same sheet.

My twins and I chose ‘The Country Mouse and The Town Mouse‘ storybook My twins and I chose ‘The Country Mouse and The Town Mouse‘ storybook My twins and I chose ‘The Country Mouse and The Town Mouse‘ storybook





5: Paste the eyes on the bottle and then the pupils on top. Colour the pupils in your desired colour.
6: Cut a triangular-shaped nose, colour it and paste it.
7: Make a circular smile and make two teeth on it.
8: Just add a string around the mouse’s neck and colour the rest of the body brown. Your country mouse puppet is ready.

My twins and I chose ‘The Country Mouse and The Town Mouse‘ storybook  My twins and I chose ‘The Country Mouse and The Town Mouse‘ storybook






To Make Town Mouse Puppet:

Please follow steps 1-6
7: Now the Town Mouse Puppet needs to look drastically different, right? So lets give him some cleancut whiskers. Add rings for spectacles and he gets that learned look.
8: Now dress him up. Add a jacket, a tie, buttons. And as suggested earlier if you have nice doll-size dresses to pep up the Town Mouse Puppet, just go ahead. 

Your Mouse Puppets are ready. I hope you’ve practiced your sound effects and expressions. Go ahead and have some fun story-telling session. Make sure you give the kids a chance to present the puppet show too. See how we did it:



And if you are looking for more activities to keep them busy try the Fall Nature Craft from multiculturalkidblogs . 

Comments (17)

Davian Posted on Jul 21, 2018

I can already tell that\'s gonna be super heflpul.

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Humaira Sadaf Posted on Jul 19, 2018

Amazing and inspiring post. Great creativity for the kids. Superb mouse puppet is so funny. Great thoughts.

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Rhoda Fajardo Posted on Apr 14, 2016

Its really nice! What a great way to recycle Pet Bottles and other disposable items by turning them into cute stuff! My daughters are really artsy and they will definitely enjoy activities like these. =)

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lisalewismd Posted on Apr 09, 2016

What great fun! I love how the town mouse is dressed up in a fancy way. It's great that many of the items for the craft can be found at home. Thank you for sharing, I have been looking forward to reading about this adorable craft!

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Anupriya Posted on Apr 08, 2016

I have started with telling stories to my 2 year old tot. Will make these for the country mouse, town mouse story. Thanks a lot!

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Joy Perito-Priginal Posted on Apr 08, 2016

You're such a creafive mom. Thanks for sharing I can do this for my nephews!????

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thatguywithstories Posted on Apr 08, 2016

Reading this post makes me long for my childhood, Charu!Where do you get all these ideas from?No wonder, you are such a superstar mommyblogger.

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Salma Posted on Apr 07, 2016

What a fun craft idea! I am thinking we could do this with finished toilet paper rolls!

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Georgia Posted on Apr 07, 2016

You always have the best kids activities to do!! I loved the town mouse and the country mouse when I was a kid, you've brought back some real nostalgia seeing the book! I will have to wait to do these kinds of fun activities as my daughter is only 2 and her attention span is at zero! Haha

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Aziz Ampanwala Posted on Apr 07, 2016

I like the step by step instruction mentioned in the post, its super easy and very creative as well, a perfect art time with children which they would enjoy creating and having fun with it... :)

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Subha natarajan Posted on Apr 07, 2016

Hey this is awesome..i keep looking for diy or craft ideas to keep my son engaged...collecting more now as his summer vacations are nearing!!

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beforbeauty Posted on Apr 07, 2016

Lovely DIY! I'm going to share this with my niece!

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alison Posted on Apr 06, 2016

I don't have any pets but I think I could make this work with water bottles. I really like this craft and I think it would be a lot of fun for my kids to put together. I love how simple you made it!

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ROBERT LEE Posted on Apr 06, 2016

HEY, this is so cool! I wished I had known this earlier so I could do this with my kids back when they were younger. Nevertheless, good post. I am sure there are others who would love to do this! The most I think I ever did with pet bottles were to use them as storage, and also as pins (bowling) for my kids.

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nidhsarora Posted on Apr 06, 2016

Wow! This is so cool & innovative. DIY puppets look like great things to keep the new generation involved.

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SofarsoSabine Posted on Apr 06, 2016

So much fun to make this yourself. It reminds me of being a teacher. It was a great time and these mouse puppets with pet bottles are just so funny to make. I am sure my small cousins would love this. It's nice to do it yourself and recycle stuff that you would waste otherwise.

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msbolin Posted on Apr 06, 2016

Haha! This is such a fun project to do at home. My boys know the story of the country and the town mouse. We could actually do this at home, put some curtains and use flashlight as spotlight and we can have our own puppet show. Thanks for this.

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Charu Chhitwal, Founder KetchupMoms has daring tastebuds, a love for travel and an owl for her soul. It’s little wonder then that she loves to write and share her tips and tricks on traveling, food,

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