Several years ago I made a puppet theater out of a large box the kids’ craft table and chair set had come in. If I had been blogging back then I would have taken before and after pics…
Of course they had to have some puppets to go with it, so I made several sock puppets, carefully sewing on felt ears, using buttons for eyes. I even cut the feet off a pair of toddler jammies — the kind with the super cute animals on the feet…They make great puppets!
Over the years the kids have enjoyed playing with the puppets I had made.
The last time I was going through their clothes, taking out things they have outgrown, I came across several pairs of socks that had lost their matches. Without their mates they aren’t worth passing on to someone else, but they ARE the perfect size for preschoolers to make their own sock puppets!
So I gathered some scraps of felt, wiggly eyes, various colors of yarn, pom-poms, and permanent markers to use to decorate the puppets. Then we got to work.
I showed them how to put the sock on their hand while decorating it so they would know exactly where they wanted to put eyes, etc. They opted to skip the wiggly eyes, using the coveted permanent markers instead.
Once they were done with the permanent markers, I helped them hot glue ears, tails, and other items. To keep them from burning themselves, and to keep the glue from sticking the socks together, I stretched their puppets over small spice containers before we glued. (You have to pry them off gently once they dry, but it beats having a little one get burned!)
Speaking of which, the show’s about to start and the audience (that’s me!) can’t be late!
Have you made puppets with your kids?
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