The last time my parents visited my mom brought up a big zipper bag of brightly colored paper shapes. There were circles of various sizes, ovals, squares, rectangles, and triangles.
There were also several drinking straws in the bag and some ribbon scraps.
My daughter couldn’t wait to see what kids craft was in store that day. She quickly fell in love with the shape craft Grandma had planned: Shape Stick Puppets.
- Colored Card Stock
- Glue Stick
- Clear Tape
- Craft Sticks (or drinking straws)
My mom had cut all the shapes out ahead of time for this craft. It allowed the kids to start crafting right away.
You might want to start out with a small amount of shapes pre-cut and then have your preschooler cut more shapes as needed. You can always draw the shapes for him/her to cut out.
Shape Stick Puppets
This is an open-ended shape craft, allowing your child to use his/her imagination to the fullest.
Have them create animals, people, aliens…. Whatever creatures they want to make, using the shapes.
A large oval may become a body. A triangle could make a good head for a dog.
While your child crafts you can discuss the shapes they are using.
Once they have finished the character, use clear tape to attach it to a craft stick or plastic drinking straw and turn it into a stick puppet.
You can also add ribbon for hair and to make tails. (My daughter had lots of fun adding ribbon to her first puppet.)
Once your child has made several puppets, they will have lots of fun playing with their new characters.
Be ready for a puppet show!
This simple preschool shape craft is one you can do again and again.
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