I can't remember how this book turned up in our household, and it did sit on the shelf for a while being admired, but one day when my 6 year old son was 'bored', we sat down and made his choice of puppets first (the hopping sheep). We've since done the pecking hen, and each time I'm not sure who had more fun. We both found it worked best for him to roughly cut out the shapes (as advised), then I scored them with the help of a ruler, and then he was able to accurately cut out the outside of the shapes afterwards - no need for special equipment, the fiddly internal cutouts I did with a sharp small fruit knife, leaning on a clean chopping board. He then folded the pieces, and helped me find the right pieces to glue together - we used some UHU and then changed to Bostik clear, with a toothpick to help dab onto the smaller areas. The whole process takes some hours, usually over a couple of sessions, but we both found it relaxing and rewarding, and truly the results are worth it! The mechanics are great, and the movements of the sheep hilarious (their funny expressions help), and the kids have had great fun putting peas and seeds in the feeding bowl for the hen to peck at. I'm looking forward to the next rainy afternoon to complete the next project, and my son has taken each one into show and tell, with a great deal of pride. Highly recommended, and would get more of the same.