When it comes to clay-model characters, Morph and Chas often spring to mind; the animated duo came to life with the late Tony Hart at the beginning in 1977. Since then we have had Wallace & Gromit, the adorable Pingu and Mel Gibson taking on the voice of Rocky in Chicken Run.
If you are keen create your own models, our new Bend n’ Build Stick range is perfect. The sticks are made from clear wax over coloured string and stick together with no glue required. They come in 10 brilliant colours and hold their shape so you can model as many characters as you like and then reshape and reuse to make something new!
Kids learn about the world around them through imitation and creative play and a great way to combine the two, is with a puppet show. Help your kids create with their very own puppet stage using a cardboard box so the characters they have created can act out their very own story – let their imaginations go wild!
Creative tip – Stand a large cardboard box on end, cut a big hole in the back for puppeteers to crouch in and a smaller one high up in the front for the stage. Decorate the box with paint, glitter, sequins and glue on pieces of fabric for curtains. Once this is all complete, help your children compose a story to act out – you never know you might have the next Nick Park on your hands.
Better still they could create their very own miniature Madame Tussauds… .If you have any top puppets tips, or wax work instructions, please do share them with us.