Why do it?
Peg puppets provide an opportunity for:
- being creative
- using language
- pretend play
- using imagination
- working and playing with others.
How to do it
You need: wooden clothes pegs, felt tip pens, PVA glue, and scraps of fabric and wool. If no wooden pegs are available try ice block sticks or bits of driftwood.
Draw a face on each peg — talk about who each puppet can be. Use fabric and wool to add hair and clothes, using glue.
Use the puppets to act out family activities (such as shopping, visiting, and going to the park) and/or stories you have shared.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Karetao karetao Marionette, puppet, jumping jack, robot, toy figure - figure carved in human form with arms that move by pulling a string Maori | Noun||Robot|
|Kiripuaki kiripuaki Character (in a film, story, etc.) Maori | Noun||Character|
|Mātiti mātiti Peg, wedge - for tightening or securing something Maori | Noun||Peg|
|Kanohi kanohi Face, countenance Maori | Noun||Face|
|Whatu whatu Eye, pupil of the eye, anchor, kernel (of fruit) Maori | Noun||Eyes|
|Taringa taringa Ear Maori | Noun||Ear|
|Ihu ihu Nose, snout Maori | Noun||Nose|
|Waha waha Mouth, entrance, gate, opening, inlet, outlet – anything that is like a mouth Maori | Noun||Mouth|
|Ngutu ngutu Lip Maori | Noun||Lip|
|Makawe makawe Hair (of the head) - used mainly in the plural, but can be used in the singular as a collective noun Maori | Noun||Hair|
|Kākahu kākahu Garment, clothes, cloak, apparel, clothing, costume Maori | Noun||Clothes|
|Menemene menemene To show wrinkles, contort the face, smile Maori | Verb||Smile|
|Ko wai tēnei?||Who's this?|
|Ko Mere tēnei||This is Mere|
|Ko wai te ingoa o tō keretao?||What's your puppet's name?|
|Kei hea tana kāinga?||Where does she live?|
|Kei te haere ia ki whea?||Where is she going?|
|Kei te haere ia ki te papa rererangi||He's going to the airport|