Easy Finger Puppets: Fun Craft With Kids

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I always loved crafting with my children.   I still do–even though they are grown!  These Easy Finger Puppets are a fun craft that’s easy enough to make with toddlers, but fun for any age! Plan now for Spring Break! Make some to play with and lots more to donate! I love the concept of “Kids Helping Kids“.    Making a craft to give away is an enjoyable way to encourage service and thoughtfulness at a young age.  You can pack them into Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts, send them and a note to a child in the hospital, or make a bunch to include in goody bags at birthday time!

This Finger Puppet pattern has so many possibilities for variety!

 Materials:

  • 1 sheet of felt
  • glue
  • scissors or pinking shears
  • popsicle sticks
  • sequins, googly eyes, foam shapes, fabric paint
  • ribbon, lace, yarn, trim, pipe cleaners

Take the sheet of felt.  Cut it in half lengthwise. Now cut each section in half lengthwise again.  This is an easy way to get 4 equal strips.  You can use a scissor or if you want to be more precise, a ruler and a rotary blade 🙂

Stack 2 together.   Holding both, cut them in half.  Then still holding 2 pieces of felt together, cut them in thirds.

By keeping the stacks together while you cut… each stack may not all be exactly the same size and shape…BUT they will be exactly the same size as their mate!  :)  Each front and back will match.  Again you could be more precise – but this is supposed to be a enjoyable playtime with toddlers – it’s got to more quickly or you will lose their interest!

You will now have 12 pairs of felt.  — That’s 12 puppets from one 39 cent sheet of felt (from Michaels) isn’t bad!

Adults or older children can choose to machine or hand-sew the three sides, leaving the bottom open.  I used hot glue to speed up the process!   **If you are making this with little children, it might be easier to insert a popsicle stick and glue the felt to both sides.

Time to decorate!  You can round the tops of their felt heads or keep them square – each will give your puppet a different look.  Glue on yarn or pipe cleaners for hair, or cut and fringe the top.  Pull out all your scraps! Add lace, ribbons and bits of fabric.  And don’t forget googly eyes, sequins, buttons, or markers and paint for the eyes!

Each one will be unique, it’s up to your imagination!

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