Long ago I made a puppet theater out of a large narrow box we had. With a hole cut out of the center, it made a perfect stage for puppet shows.
The problem was, we had a limited number of puppets. The solution, of course, was the classic kids craft: we made sock puppets.
When I was going through their clothes on day, taking out things the kids had 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.
Your child will also enjoy making these simple shape stick puppets.
- Outgrown Socks or Socks without Mates
- Wiggly Eyes
- Felt or Scraps of Fabric
- Permanent Markers
- Hot Glue
Show your child how to put the sock on their hand while decorating it so they know exactly where they want to put eyes, etc.
Younger ones can tell you where to add the materials.
Using permanent markers is also a simple solution for toddlers to create their own puppet.
Once your child is done decorating with markers, help them hot glue on ears, tails, and other items.
You will have to pry the puppet off gently once the glue is dry, but it beats having a little one get burned!
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Post updated 10/23/2018