I love to color, cut, glue, and play! I designed the Mythical Beast Marionette Theatre shown in the video; so much fun! Scroll down for directions to make your own. Along the way are puppets, paper dolls, activities, and coloring pages based on my books. Use them to jumpstart your imagination. Have fun!

Uh-Oh! by Mary Newell DePalma


Dinosaur puppets by Mary Newell DePalma

Make Uh-Oh! puppets. Devise adventures for your dinosaurs, and stage a puppet show.


Little Dinosaur

Dinosaur Mom
Dinosaur Dad
Dinosaur siblings

Click on a character above to see the full size puppet pattern. Download and print the patterns, cut out, color, decorate, and glue to popsicle sticks.

Dinosaur coloring page by Mary Newell DePalma

Uh-Oh! coloring pages

Dinosaur coloring page #2 by Mary Newell DePalma

click for full-size image, print out...

Dinosaur coloring page #3 by Mary Newell DePalma

and color!

The Nutcracker Doll by Mary Newell DePalma


Kepley paper dolls by Mary Newell DePalma

Nutcracker doll paper dolls. Click on the picture for a full size image & print on heavy weight paper.

Nutcracker characters by Mary Newell DePalma

Design more costumes for your paper doll!

The Perfect Gift by Mary Newell DePalma


The Perfect Gift coloring page by Mary Newell DePalma #1

Click on the picture for full-size image, print...

The Perfect Gift Coloring page by Mary Newell DePalma #2

and color!

Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle by Mary Newell DePalma

fun with typefaces

In Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle, we tried to make the words look like they sound. We used different typefaces and colors. Examine the different letter styles. How would you write 'rumble' or 'twinkle' or 'furious' to show the sound or meaning?
Rembrandt's Hat by Susan Blackaby, illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma


Rembrandt tries on many different hats.

Make a list of as many different kinds of hats as you can. It might help to think about why people wear hats, and make categories such as 'uniform hats' or 'sports hats.' Draw your favorites, or make a paper hat and decorate it. Find directions here: paper hat

Draw someone wearing a hat, and make up a story about why they are wearing that hat.

Draw a character, and then make many different hats for them out of recycled paper catalogs or newspapers, feathers, fabric scraps, or whatever you find around the house.

Make hats for yourself and pretend to be different people. How would you walk? How would you talk? What would you do?

Mythical Beast Marionette Theatre directions:

Print out the beast patterns on heavy weight paper, and decorate them. Punch holes where indicated and fasten loosely with paper fasteners. Tape a length of string to the head, and tail. Then, find a cake box, or a large shoe box and decorate it to look like the beast's habitat.

Mythical Beast Marionette Theatre

Here is the Fu Lion, looking boring because no one has colored him or decorated his habitat! I drew some red lines to show you how the string is attached to the lion and the beads at the top of the box.



Mary Newell DePalma's dragon pattern

Click on the picture above for a full size image & print on heavy weight paper.

Punch two holes in the top of the box and thread the strings from the head and tail of the beast up through the holes. Tie each string to a button or large bead. This will hang the beast in place, and give you something to hold on to when you pull the strings to make the beast move!

Mary Newell DePalma's Fu Lion pattern

Click on the picture for a full size image & print on heavy weight paper.

Mary Newell DePalma's phoenix pattern

Click on the picture for the full size image & print on heavy weight paper.

Two Little Birds by Mary Newell DePalma
bird craft project

This adorable bird in a nest was made with a cupcake wrapper, spagnum moss, and Model Magic modeling clay.

Thank you, Mary Woodward of The Concord Museum, for this lovely idea!

Link to flying bird craft directions

Click the image above for directions. click anywhere on the directions to move to the next page of directions.

link to flying bird pattern

click the picture to open the pattern, and print.

Construct a little bird out of scrap materials.
Is it balanced?
Why or why not? Can you fix it?

Use a paperclip to hang it from a string.
Slide the bird along this zip line to 'fly' it.

What does your bird see? Where do they go?
Draw or build a map or landscape for your bird to fly over.

Watch my bird fly! Click to watch the video


A Grand Old Tree Make a Reading Journal!
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to see a reading journal of my book A Grand Old Tree, made by Kathy Ellen Davis.