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Peg + Cat: Stick Puppets

What's The Point

Peg and Cat want to make math fun – it’s not all about numbers and equations, but shapes and problem solving, too! These stick puppets, built from ovals, circles, semi-circles, rectangles, triangles, and trapezoids, help children identify basic shapes and piece together their two favorite characters.

This Activity Will Help Your Child

  • Learn to recognize and name shapes
  • Understand the connection between shapes and real-life objects

Book Suggestions

  • CIRCLES, TRIANGLES, AND SQUARES
    by Tana Hoban
  • WHOO? WHOO?
    by David A. Carter
  • MOUSE SHAPES
    by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Supplies

  • Peg + Cat puppet pieces printable (below)
  • Construction paper (blue, green, red, pink, grey, tan)
  • Markers or crayons (black, red)
  • Orange yarn
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Glue

How Do I Do It?

After you print the puppet pieces for both Peg and Cat, (link to PDF) use the patterns to cut out the shapes from construction paper. If you don’t have construction paper, print the puppet pieces on heavy white paper and color the pieces with markers and crayons.
As you cut out the pieces, talk with your child about the different shapes that make up Peg and Cat:
For Peg:

  • Oval: Peg’s head and hands are ovals. An oval looks like an egg, or a squished circle. It has no straight sides or corners, but it isn’t a circle because it’s not perfectly round.
  • Triangle: Peg’s body is a triangle. A triangle has three straight sides and three corners.
  • Rectangle: Peg’s arms, legs, and the base of her hat are rectangles. A rectangle has four straight sides, and the sides across from each other are the same length.
  • Trapezoid: Peg’s skirt is a trapezoid. A trapezoid has four sides, but only two of the sides are parallel.
  • Circle: The pom-pom at the top of Peg’s hat is a circle. A circle is a perfectly round shape that has no sides or corners.
  • Semi-Circle: The middle part of Peg’s hat is a semi-circle. A semi-circle is half of a circle.

When assembling Peg, make sure the top of the triangle extends above her head so the base of her hat can be glued to it.
Give Peg hair by gluing pieces of orange yarn to the top of her head. Use a black marker or crayon to draw Peg’s eyes and mouth, the buttons on her dress, and the heels and toes of her boots. Use a red marker or crayon to make the stripes in her socks. Glue the finished puppet to a wooden craft stick.
For Cat:
  • Oval: Cat’s eyes, arms, and legs are ovals. An oval looks like an egg, or a squished circle. It has no straight sides or corners, but it isn’t a circle because it’s not perfectly round.
  • Triangle: Cat’s ears are triangles. A triangle has three straight sides and three corners.
  • Circle: The tip of Cat’s tail is a circle. A circle is a perfectly round shape that has no sides or corners.
  • Semi-Circle: The middle part of Peg’s hat is a semi-circle. A semi-circle is half of a circle.

Use a black marker or crayon to draw Cat’s nose and mouth, and the pupils in his eyes. Glue the finished puppet to a wooden craft stick.

Take It Further

After you’ve created your two starring puppets, put on a show! Create your very own puppet theater with a decorated tri-fold display board (or a cereal box for a smaller-scale production).

  • Cut a horizontal rectangle out of the top half of the center panel of the display board (or the top half of a cereal box).
  • Use markers, crayons and extra construction paper to draw your very own scene on the front of the board. Cut a circle for the sun, a rectangle for a tree trunk, and ovals for leaves. Make Peg’s house with a square and a triangle, or a pirate ship from Pirate Island with an upside-down semi-circle and a triangle mast!