Ocelots of The Nothern Range

Have you ever seen an ocelot in the forest? Very few people have! These stealthy creatures like to keep to themselves, and there are very few left in the wild..maybe only 150..no one knows for sure! This makes seeing one very rare. 
The ocelot is the only wild cat found in Trinidad ..and may be the only wild cat to be found in any of the Caribbean islands! Our island is a very special place, as long ago, it was once joined to South America – so we have more in common with their land than we do with our other Caribbean neighbours. 
Today’s adventure takes us in search of this mysterious creature who prefers to be active at night! Tune in to learn more and for our shadow puppet theatre craft!

What you will need:

  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil / Black Marker
  • Ruler
  • Strong Glue or Glue Gun
  • Masking Tape 
  • Cardboard (12″ x 14″)
  • Skewers (or craft sticks)
  • White kite paper (or wax paper (12″ x 14″)
  • Torchlight or lamp
  • Cut out a rectangle of cardboard 12″ x 14″ (see photo)
  • Use a ruler to draw a border the width of the ruler right the way around your piece of cardboard. You are making a frame.
  • Cut out the inner rectangle created when you drew your border..save this to use for your next step!
  • Use the center of the cardboard that you cut out, and cut across it diagonally to create two triangles. These will be used as the support for your puppet theater. Glue them on to the sides of your rectangle frame so that it can stand up.
  • Glue a piece of 12″ x 14″ white tissue paper or wax paper to the back of your frame to make the screen
  • Draw the trees and animals for your forest and cut them out
  • You can glue the trees and grass to the back of your screen
  • Stick your animals on to a wooden skewer or popsicle stick to create puppets.
  • You can paint and decorate  the edges of the cardboard frame of your Puppet theater
  • Shine a torch light or a lamp behind the screen to make the shapes of the puppets show up on the screen and create your jungle play!