Japanese Noh-Inspired Puppets * First Grade

All of these fantastic creatures make me smile!
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For this project, kids learned a little bit about Japanese culture, arts and theater.  We created the puppets by:

1. Forming colored clay faces inspired by Japanese folklore characters, demons and tricksters, such as Hannya, Kitsune and others.

2. Folding, dipping and dyeing paper and filters, creating symbolic shibori-style  kimono and hakama for the puppets and in the process learning more about color mixing.

3. Putting it all together and telling a story about what special powers the puppet could have, based on their attributes.

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