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Fantastic Hand Puppets and Great Kids Party Ideas

Updated on September 6, 2016
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I am a qualified teacher of drama and theatre arts, and I love to plan birthday parties for my son. When he was little I used to invite his whole class to wonderful themed parties –we had such fun!

My husband and family worked with me but I also used hand puppets to help me along. They are a great idea because children love them.

This Red Dragon Enchanted Puppet really went down well in a Knights and Princess themed party. The special guest was Fiamma, which means Flame in Italian, the red dragon!


Hello I'm Fiamma
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This was my son’s 6th birthday party, and the year before we had a wonderful pirate’s party, which was such a success that I was worried that it would be hard to follow.

I needed something to make this year’s party really enjoyable. So, what better for a Knights and Princess party than a dragon!

But Fiamma wasn’t easy to find because I was looking for well made quality hand puppets. I wanted to keep it for a long time to come. Puppets are very good things to help children to come to terms with difficulties they may encounter, for example they can be used to role play problems children may be having at school, to help find solutions and ways forward. I wanted one that my son would be able to keep as he grew up. So I kept looking.

I did well to do so because I found an Enchanted Dragon Puppet, by The Puppet Company. These are beautifully made, well designed, and made to last. The gold trimmings and detail on Fiamma are amazing. Also, and this is very important, they are very easy to manoeuvre and have a fully functioning mouth. Perfect, and bright red too!


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A Party Idea: Knights and Princesses

We were entertaining about 30 children in a large hall. Everyone was dressed up, and my mother was the Queen and my husband the King. We reconstructed a medieval village, with areas for jousting and a village green for example. That was easy to do, we just wrote words like ‘Village Green’ or ‘Castle’ on very large pieces of paper and taped them to the wall in different areas of the hall.

We also had a dragon’s den!

We sang songs and jousted on space hoppers using blow up swords as jousting sticks. The kids were delighted to bounce up and down along strips of tape we stuck to the floor and that represented a jousting run, and had fun hitting each other with their swords as they passed by in the opposite direction. A very simple, but very effective game!

We played lots of group games and ate at a wonderful banquet. Dragon flavored Pizza and a special castle shaped cake complete with it’s own dragon.

We had so much fun! If you would like more information about the things we did please leave a comment in the box below.

But the magical moment was when Fiamma came out of her den. We’d kept her hidden, and because the children read the words “Dragon’s Den’ on the wall, they were expecting to meet a dragon and were very, very excited!

I spent a few moments building Fiamma’s character for them, and told them that she was very shy, and that she would need gentle persuasion to come out of her den. So the children called her name and cajoled until she eventually appeared. The response was amazing and they loved her at first sight!

It was the first time I’d ever worked with a puppet in front of such an enthusiastic crowd, and I wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t even attempt to talk without moving my lips! But that didn’t matter because they were transfixed by this beautiful dragon hand puppet. The trick was to make a strong character for her and make her talk directly to the kids. As it turned out she wasn’t shy at all, she was cocky and really quite a rude character, and she kept biting her own tail!

The wonderful thing is that Fiamma is still a real dragon in our house even though my son is 13 now. She usually comes out when he is unwell or feeling sad, and she still wreaks havoc! Her character has developed so well over the years that she really is a believable part of the family, she has grown up with my son, and, unlike him, she is not at all well behaved!

Hand puppets are an amazing toy for children of any age and will bring your kids party ideas to life. We have several now, but Fiamma is the boss!

This is a puppeteer from The Puppet Company demonstrating a wonderful parrot puppet to an audience of teachers. I hope you can see how well made these puppets are.


The video shows how great this bird is at chirping! Quality made puppet.

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please keep your distance, because I am a dragon and I've got very sharp teeth!Notice my my beautiful green eyesand my golden horns!I have fire blazing out of my mouth, so don't get too close!Bye bye for now -  high five!
please keep your distance, because I am a dragon and I've got very sharp teeth!
please keep your distance, because I am a dragon and I've got very sharp teeth!
Notice my my beautiful green eyes
Notice my my beautiful green eyes
and my golden horns!
and my golden horns!
I have fire blazing out of my mouth, so don't get too close!
I have fire blazing out of my mouth, so don't get too close!
Bye bye for now -  high five!
Bye bye for now - high five!

All these are from the Puppet Company. But if you click on any of these you will be directed to Amazon.com where there are many others to choose from.


These are so cute and useful for teaching kids all sorts of things like the alphabet and names of animals.





© 2013 Giovanna Sanguinetti

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Me too!! And this dragon still cheers my son up when he's feeling low and he's 14 -they really do work if you take time to build them a character. Thanks for your visit.

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      I am a sucker for a puppet with a funny face. They get me every time.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @asiliveandbreathe: I'm happy to hear that you like The Puppet Company. I think they deserve a real pat on the back for quality and reasonable prices. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      asiliveandbreathe 3 years ago

      My family has some great puppets from The Puppet Company too.I love your dragon.We have a fabulous dragon head puppet by Manhattan Toyswhich we bought many years ago.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @valueapartments: Thank you very much indeed.

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      Value Apartments 3 years ago from London

      Great Lens! Loved the Dragon (Y)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi, there! I'm Ms. Charito from the Philippines, and I'm new in Squidoo. This is a great lens! Congratulations! Truly informative.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @anonymous: I'm so pleased to meet you -yes it is a lovely name isn't it! It goes with my bright red complexion! What color dragon are you?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Hiya Fiamma I have always loved that name and she is a lovely Fiamma too.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @ChocolateLily: Thank you so much. It's been fun hearing all the lovely comments I've had from lovely people!

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      What fun! I loved hearing about your party and watching the video. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @invest90: Fiamma would love to come and play with your granddaughter! She would certainly make her smile! Thanks very much indeed for your visit and your comment.

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      invest90 3 years ago

      Loved the Dragon. I can just see my granddaughter with that now and the big smile on her face.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @ayannavenus: Thank you very much. And thanks for your visit and for leaving me comments.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @ayannavenus: Thank you so much. I am truly delighted to have been selected.

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      ayannavenus 3 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD

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      ayannavenus 3 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @PriyabrataSingh: Yes it is! I am having such a great time answering all the fabulous comments people are making about my lens. I can't tell you how happy I am and how humbled I feel because everyone has been so kind. Thank you very much indeed for your visit and your comment. I am so grateful to you.

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Thanks you very much for this journey in preparing your lens. It has always been fun when it comes to lens regarding puppets and toys, games only because it brings my childhood days alive. I have been through so many shows regarding puppets and I feel excited the way puppet's action and human voice match with each other. Moreover the kids are very excited in this subject. Congratulation on been selected for the Lens Of The Day....Wow great lens.....Keep this good work rolling on the screen..This must one of your special movements of your life....

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @hgb282: Thanks for your visit and for your comment. Fiamma has had a very special day today!

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      hgb282 3 years ago

      Nice story. Puppets are great fun with groups of kids.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @bobnolley lm: Thanks you. I am so happy and flattered to have been chosen! My goodness me! Thanks for your visit and for your kind comment.

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      bobnolley lm 3 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @thatelfguy: Good to hear it. You've probably guessed that I am too. Thanks for your visit and for your comment.

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      thatelfguy 3 years ago

      I'm still a kid at heart ;-) Love the puppets! : )

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @imagelist lm: Thanks sooooooo much for your visit and for your kind comment.

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      imagelist lm 3 years ago

      Wooowwww...great lens...

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @anonymous: Thanks for your visit and for you kind comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @RoadMonkey: I'm very glad to hear that. Fiamma will be too! Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Very creative. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Great ideas. My eldest granddaughter loves dragons!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @SteveKaye: That bird is very funny isn't he! Don't forget to hit the big orange button on my page, then you'll be taken to Amazon to see other great puppets. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Jogalog: Great I'm so pleased. Please don't forget to hit the big orange buy it now button before you leave my page! Thanks for your visit and your comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Diaper Bag Blog: That's so sweet. I bet you have really special times together doing that. Thanks for you visit and for leaving a comment.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      I need a puppet. Really. It can take over my conversations for me. I especially like the bird in the video.

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      What a fantastic cute dragon. I think my daughter would love it too and it's given me some great ideas for ways to entertain her and her friends.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Kids love hand puppets. My almost 2 years old daughter can spend even one hour playing with me ewaring our sheep puppet :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Javed Ur Rehman: Thanks very much for your visit and your comment. I am very happy that you like the puppets.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @dbitterman: She's training me very well! Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @chrisilouwho: Don't forget to press on my big orange button!! I'm going to put a picture of my puppet spider on this lens later - wait till you see him! Call back, you'll love him! Thanks for your visit and your comments.

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      Javed Ur Rehman 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Your lens is very interesting and i love hand puppets.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @seahorse60: It certainly will. I wish we could come and join you! The nice thing about puppets is that once you have bought one it's yours forever. If you compare the price of a puppet to that of a show like a magic show, it's so much more value and you get to take your new friend home with you too. Thanks very much for your visit and comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Gypzeerose: We're so pleased. 'Love live puppets' (that's Fiamma speaking!) Good luck with your puppets board. Thanks very much for visiting and leaving a great comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Merrci: Thank you I am thrilled that I was selected, but Fiamma is ecstatic!! It's brought out the child in everyone! Thanks for you visit and comment.

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      dbitterman 3 years ago

      Lovely lens...and I'm sure you will get to be an expert with Fiamma.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @delia-delia: Puppets are very popular in Europe a very old tradition. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @kangela1: Thanks very much. It was a really good party. We have some great photos and videos of it but I don't have parental consent however, so I can't post them here. Thanks very much indeed for your visit and your kind comment.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      Another great story! I have lots of finger and hand puppets but not a dragon. This one is fantastic, think I'll need to add to my collection...

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      seahorse60 3 years ago

      Thanks for a great idea for a party theme! My granddaughter is only two years old but a puppet party would be a great idea for when she's a little bit older.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      This is such a wonderful lens - and so fun! You inspired me to make a new puppets board - and maybe to get back into puppets myself.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens. I remember my mother planning theme parties for us when we were young. They were the best! Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Puppets bring back fond memories for me as a small child in Germany.

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      kangela1 3 years ago

      I just checked out your lens. Well done. I do not have small children anymore but I have friends with grandkids and this is a great idea. If they need Ideas for a party I will direct them to you lens.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Flowerchild1946: I look forward to reading your lenses. I am an ex teacher too -I used to teach drama and theater arts as well as special needs. I am looking for a new direction in life now. Perhaps I've found something here! Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Carol Brooks 3 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! I love puppets too and have made a lot of my own puppets. I also write puppet plays. I was a Children's Librarian for many years, which is how the puppet obsession all came about. I have a few lenses on puppets as well.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Dressage Husband: I do not understand what you mean - I've been battling with Fiamma's questionable and conceited attitude for years now! Me? I'm demure and quite meek! lol. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.And PS - we don't do blame in this family hahahaha!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Tim Bader: You're right we're never too old for puppets. I think that's because puppetry is a very old stage craft. When anything needs to be said what do they do? Roll out the puppets! Look at Greenpeace's huge and beautiful Polar Bear, and have you seen the horse in War Horse? It's all really fantastic. Puppets are popular all over the world too - India, Africa, China etc etc. I love them. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @tranlubakiet: Yes she is beautiful you're quite right.Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @esmonaco: Its was. You are the bringer of great news. I had no idea I am LOTD! This will definitely go straight to Fiamma's head! She'll be impossible to live with for a couple of days I can tell you that. Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @winter aconite: I'll tell Fiamma - she'll be getting a big head! Thanks for your visit and your comment.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @flycatcherrr: So sorry but Fiamma isn't a puppet! She's a dragon! I'm lucky she hasn't learned to read or your comment would really fire her up I can tell you! lol Yes we used to make puppets too when we were kids - what fun. Thanks for you visit and your comment.

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Hmm, I think that maybe the attitude has something to do with the hidden nature of the puppeteer living out their own fantasies! Just saying, that perhaps the inner bad girl comes out. After all you can always blame it on the Dragon.Whatever it looks like a whole load of fun, kids love this type of play acting games. Well done on the LOTD the puppets look great.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Great - love the dragon!We have a small poodle - a string puppet, rather than a hand puppet - which my wife grew up with, so he is a little bit old and tired these days.However, my kids still love to see him, even though you would think they are too old for that now!

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      tranlubakiet 3 years ago

      i like because beautiful

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      What a wonderful idea, sounds like your party was a lot of fun, Congratulations on LOTD Thanks for sharing a great story.

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      winter aconite 3 years ago

      That dragon looks awesome.....I love dragons!!!!!

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      Oh wow, now that's what you call a puppet! We used to do a lot of puppet shows in my neighbourhood when we were kids, some of them quite ridiculously fantastical - sure coulda used that dragon!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @DewaltSawGuy LM: They really do make great gifts if the adults are prepared to play too. They come alive and become part of the family. I love playing with Fiamma!! Thanks for your visit and your lovely comment.

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      DewaltSawGuy LM 3 years ago

      Awesome puppets. I'll have to check these out for my grandkdis birthdays. I had never thought of doing this sort of thing myself.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @lesliesinclair: She really is a character. The kids were a bit in awe of her - as I said she's quite naughty! She doesn't mean to be it's her dragon instincts! She's very glad that you like her! Thanks for your visit and for your comment.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Oh boy, that's some fantastic puppet. Everyone would want to get their turn to steal the show with their hand in the puppet.

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