The celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim is coming up on March 9 – 11. If you’re unfamiliar with Purim, this holiday pays tribute to the salvation of the Jewish people from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as found in The Megillah of Esther (also known as the book of Esther). Queen Esther is the hero of the story, who risked her life in order to off-throw Haman’s scheme.
Whether celebrating Purim is part of your faith, or you’d like to teach your children about the history of other cultures, we want to provide you and your children with this Easy and Adorable Esther Puppet Craft that you can create, and play with, in honor of Purim and this brave queen!
And even if you don’t celebrate Purim, you may still want to teach your children about Queen Esther: a real-life “princess” (okay queen) whose bravery saved her people! Talk about a strong, female role model (coincidentally, March is also Women’s Empowerment Month)!
Here’s What You Need to Make Your Own Esther Puppet:
- Wooden spoon
- Brown felt
- Black marker
- Red marker
- Wiggly eyes
- Gold glitter foam
- Sequins or gems
- Gold garland or ribbon, optional
- Foam and felt glue OR quick drying tacky glue
How to Make Your Own Esther Puppet:
First, you’ll make the hair. Use your wooden spoon as a guide/template by laying it down on the brown (or black) felt. Cut a piece that starts out with the “head” shape of the spoon and then goes straight down to resemble long hair (as shown below).]
Give your Queen Esther whatever hairstyle you would imagine her to have! Want waves? Make it wavy. Want bangs? Simply cut a straight-across piece, using the width and shape of the spoon as a template.
Once you have the hair piece (or pieces) cut out, glue down the felt to the spoon. If you are having trouble getting the pieces to stay while the glue dries, binder clips can work really well to hold them in place!
Next, you’ll make the crown by cutting a rectangle from the gold foam that is the same width as the spoon. Cut small triangles from one long side of the rectangle to create a zig-zag (AKA crown). Glue sequins or gems to the crown to make it fabulous. Allow the crown to dry while you continue to work on the other parts of your puppet.
To the spoon, glue the eyes below the bangs (if your Esther has bangs. Ours does.) Then, draw a small nose and mouth (Sharpie works well).
Attach the entire crown with glue, on top of the puppet’s hair.
If using a sparkly garland as part of the crown, wrap around the base of the crown, and attach with glue, as a final touch!
Allow your Queen Esther puppet to dry completely before playing!
As you can see, this Queen Esther puppet is really fun and easy to create at home! You may even want to make several more for the other figures in the story, and put on a puppet show to re-enact the story of Esther! We also suggest this book for reading with your kids as you teach them about Purim!
We hope you enjoy this fun and easy craft with your kiddos! Happy Purim!
Easy and Adorable Esther Puppet for Purim
- wooden spoon
- brown felt
- black marker
- red marker
- wiggly eyes
- gold glitter foam
- decorative sequins or gems
- gold garland
- tacky glue
- Using the spoon as a guide, trace the outline for the hair onto the brown felt. (Create bangs or waves according to your preference). Cut out the felt and attach to the round "head" of the spoon with tacky glue. Use binder clips to hold the hair in place while the glue dries.
- Use a zip-zag pattern to cut a small crown from the gold foam paper, and decorate the crown by gluing on sequins/jewels. Let it dry.
- For Esther's face, glue the wiggly eyes onto the spoon "head" and use black and red Sharpie pens to draw the nose and mouth.
- Attach crown to the head and, if using garland, wind this around the puppet's crown/head as the final detail.
- Allow all of the glue to dry, then enjoy!