If there is anything that I have learned while working with younger children, it’s that they absolutely LOVE puppets and throwing their own puppet shows.
When I ran my home daycare, I couldn’t find enough puppets to fill our puppet basket. We had a few bought at the local dollar store but anything I found elsewhere was extremely expensive. Not liking to give up easily, I started a search for ideas on how to make my own puppets.
There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to make finger puppets. And we did make a few. But what I really, really wanted was a bigger hand puppet that both the children and I could use.
Puppet making does not have to be expensive or work intensive, so I dedicated myself to create my own basic design and then created a few cute puppets.
Since I closed my daycare, I have given away all the puppets we made, but I decided to make some with my daughters just to show you how easily they can be done.
This post will just tackle a very simple puppet, but I promise I will follow up with some more ideas on how to make different puppets from the same basic pattern.
What you need:
- Felt – in different colors. You need at least two 8 1/2 by 11 inches sheets of felt for the body. Everything else can be made out of remnants of felt you might have.
- Buttons, ribbons and other embellishments
- Glue – if you use white glue, make sure it is the tacky kind. White glue takes a long time to dry on felt, so you might want to use a hot glue gun instead. Alternatively, and if you have the skills for it, you might want to sew the puppet 🙂
- A pattern for the puppet. Get ours here. Print this pattern as big as your printer allows.
How to make your puppet:
Stay tuned for more posts on how to make more felt puppets.