Puppet Workshop with Lexy Ho-Tai and The Watermill Center

Collect some materials and take part in a Zoom puppet workshop with The Watermill Center. Photo: © Brian Lynch.

The Watermill Center invites families to join alum Lexy Ho-Tai for a fun, experimental and scrappy puppet making workshop via Zoom on Sunday, December 20, at 3 p.m.

Ho-Tai will guide participants in introductory puppet mechanics, such as constructing a functional puppet mouth using everyday materials. Participants are encouraged to dive deep into their imaginations and curiosities to transform found and recycled materials into new and inventive creatures.

Ho-Tai is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Queens. Her public and participatory practice employs humor, play, and absurdity to invite viewers to contemplate pressing social and environmental issues. She believes that joy is a radical act of resistance, and that play forges a powerful space to create alternative futures. Her teaching practice explores world-building, accessibility, craft, and play.

The workshop is open to children ages 5 and up, as well as their parents and guardians. To sign up, visit watermillcenter.org.


Cardboard, both a corrugated cardboard box and thinner cardboard, such as from a cereal or cracker box, is recommended.

Fabric scraps such as an old rag or lonely socks.


An adhesive like a hot glue gun is recommended, but tape, a stapler or other adhesives work as well.

Found objects meaning anything you want to incorporate into your puppet. Suggestions include wrapping paper, tissue paper, magazines, buttons, broken jewelry, yarn, strings, plastic bottles, egg cartons and packaging.