My first crafting passion began with a class in puppet-making when I was 10. I made finger puppet after finger puppet. I have a special spot in my heart just for puppets. I am not a puppeteer, however. My husband can animate a puppet so well that I forget him for a minute & just enjoy the puppet's personality.
Andrea Everman of Owly Shadow Puppets makes the coolest shadow puppets. Her website even has a lesson plan for teachers. This lesson plan can be used to drive a writing or performing activity - instant enthusiasm! Surely everyone would enjoy some aspect of this project. See her website for a real dose of puppet enthusiasm.
Yeti Shadow Puppet