Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Puppets, puppets, puppets'
I here are so many ways to make arni use them, and they never cease to he fun and ox-citing. Here are some puppet friends you might enjoy making A wooden spoon can seem to come alive when you transform it into a puppet. Simply draw or paint a face on the round hack part of the spoon, using crayon, felt-tipped markers or paints. Add some hair made of yarn, string, or steel wind and maybe top it with a paper or cloth hat Fasten a handkerchief, scrap of cloth, or piece of crepe paper around the neck of the spoon with a rubber hand And your new wooden spoon puppet is ready to perform for von.
Vegetable or fruit puppets are easy to construct, too. Make the head out of an apple. sweet potato or ordinary potato. Carve a hole so that it will sit on your finger. Decorate it with paper, fabric, yarn, buttons. feathers, beads or foods such as small marshmallows and raisins. These can easily be attached with straight pins or heavy glue Cover your hand with a handkerchief and then place the puppet head on your pointer finger, right over the
( loth See how your thumb and middle finger become the puppet’s .inns if you hold down your ring and little fingers A string or rubber hand around the handkerchief at your wrist will help keep everything in place.
Try a paper cup puppet .lust decorate it as you wish Cover your hand with a handkerchief or other light cloth and set the decorated cup on your middle three fingers Again, use your thumb arid little finger for the arms.
Can you find a cardboard mailing tube or the heavy paper core from a roll of paper toweling? lf so, you have the basic material for a fun-to-make puppet Using scraps of paper, put a face and costume oil the tube Arms can be made separately from wooden ice cream spoons or cut from cardboard Attach them with glue Fasten a stick to the back of the tube to help hold your puppet, and then make him perform for you and your friends.
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What Young People Think
Concern Doesn’t Extend to Volunteerism
Stages aren't necessary for puppet performances, but ii you wish lo have one there are a number of different kinds you can easily make You can cut two holes in a box top and put your puppets through the holes to work them
Or try making a simple stage from a heavy cardboard box Place it on a desk or table Add scenery, too, to give your puppet plays more detail. You can use big sheets of paper or even an old cloth sheet Hang it up or have two friends hold it while the players stoop behind the sc reen to work the puppets above.
A ( hair turned backwards makes a good stage Place yourself on the seat, crouch behind the chair s back and make the puppets appear above and over the back Or you can be your own stage by covering one of your arms with a scarf. Hide the arm that holds the puppet behind the scarf so that just tin* puppet appears above
Puppets just never grow old They are wonderful ways to show your ideas, feelings, and creative and artistic talents
By Nancy (filbert
Th* youth Service '
A recent survey indicates young people an* concerned with ecology and other current problems, yet the vast majority of those polled do not participate in any form of volunteer work
The greater number of the 429 college and high school students queried were concerned with air pollution, the next largest group, with the preservation of natural resources, followed by the need
for purification of rivers and streams; preserving the earth’s wilderness areas, and last, problems of sludge in our oceans
Despite those concerns, fi9 percent said they do not do any volunteer work Some of those who do explained tho kind of work they are involved in “I do volunteer work in a hospital emergency room and I also do some tutoring," says
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"I am a camp counselor at a Cerebral Palsy center,” said Don Wasserman, 19. of Nutley, N J.
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“I work in an old folks’ home,” says Sandy Bart he, 15. of Metairie, La.
“I do volunteer work in a local day care center; I take care of the children of working mothers,” says Jane Pittman, 19. of Chicago.
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“Even though I think what they do is good, I don’t think I am cut out for that sort of thing,” says Mark Saaks, 17, of Metairie, La.
“It wouldn’t interest me because they are too regimented. like the military. Besides, I don’t believe in long commitments,” says Sal Calderon^, 2ft, of Youngstown. Ohio.
Thirty-three percent said they have demonstrated for a cause. Most of those wore males and college students from the Northeast.
Summer Jobs Shrink State Unemployment
DES MOINES (AP)- The success of many workers who found summer jobs shrank the Iowa unemployment rote to 3.2 percent in July, the Iowa employment security commission said Tuesday.
The figure was 2 percent below June’s 3 4 percent, but was slightly over the July rate of 1973, 3 I percent Unemployment declined in July to 43,WH) from the June jobless count of 47.4(H) Iowans, but was 2.4(H) workers above the July, 1973, figure of 41,40ft “Residentially counted employment in Iowa totaled 1,346,400 during the current month,” the commission said, ‘‘compared to 1,34H, 700 in June and 1.308,300 in July 1973.”
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