My son is a huge Jim Henson and Muppet fan and we are planning to make our first hand and rod puppet. He has a condition that limits his range of motion in his fingers and hands that also affects his hand strength as well. The best description I can provide would be that in his hand he has motion in his thumb and index finger, but his other three fingers are stiff. So he can do a pinching movement if that makes sense.
We have a handful of premade hand and rod puppets like the Muppet Whatnots
, but he can barely move the mouth because of the dense foam and stiffness.
As we start experimenting and building our own using BJ's course I'd love to hear your ideas on ways we could mod it so the mouth movements would take less range and effort.