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Homemade Puppets {Craft Camp}

Posted by  ·  June 3, 2011  ·  Last Updated: June 3, 2011

I am excited to be offering 30 days of fun crafts to keep kids active and entertained this summer! You won’t want to miss a day of these fun crafts for kids from some amazing bloggers!

Kim, of Today’s Creative Blog writes…….

Hey all, I’m so excited to be a part of Skip to My Lou’s Craft Camp. Although we don’t get out of school until the 22nd, I know many of you are ready for summer projects! I’m Kim from Today’s Creative Blog. I only have one child, which may sound easy to you, but often when you only have one…..YOU are the playmate.

Keeping the kids busy doesn’t need to take a ton of planning. A couple of years ago, we had a huge snow storm that had us snowed in for over a week. My son decided to pass the time searching the ON DEMAND programming with our local cable network. He found several craft and magic tutorial videos for kids. He grabbed a few of my craft supplies and spent a few days making several sock puppets, box puppets and hand puppets. Sock puppets are so easy with very little rules. Kids of all ages can master them. The younger kids may need your help with cutting felt and gluing. If you have older kids, this is a perfect task to help their younger siblings with.sock puppet instructions

What you’ll need:

  • An old sock- Any sock will do. We’ve always used a longer white gym sock, but others would work fine too.
  • googly eyes
  • pom poms
  • felt
  • glue (we used Elmers or any craft glue)
  • fake fur or yarn

Other accessories are fun, such as small hats, glasses, earrings, ribbons etc. Sock puppet materials can vary. It’s really up to you what you want to use. The important part is using your imagination.

  1. Find a suitable sock. Longer socks work better for puppet shows, one that goes up the child’s arm.
  2. Insert hand and locate where your mouth would be. Push the sock in to make the mouth. Cut a circle or oblong shape of felt for the mouth. We also added a tongue with pink foam. We ran out of pink felt.
  3. Glue mouth piece in place. We usually do this with the hand inserted. This creates less frustration for the kids. Taking the hand out gently, let the glue set for a few minutes.
  4. how to make a sock puppet

  5. Time to place on the eyes. We glued the googly eyes on the poms first, then glued the poms on top of the sock. Once again, my son prefers to place his hand inside the sock to get proper placement.
  6. Glue nose. We used a pom pom.
  7. He used some fake fur for it’s hair. But you could use yarn.

DONE! Let the puppet dry. This may be the hardest part for your kids to do. They are eager and ready to play.

If you’re looking for more ideas, you can always use an old box to make into a portable puppet theater. This should keep the kids busy for a while and it’s something they can come back to time after time.

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  1. Mark
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
  2. shagun
    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
    not intresting
  3. Saturday, October 6th, 2012
    Just a courtesy note to let you know I have pinned this post to a pinterest board with a collection of learning resources to complement the "Sock Puppets" app. If you have other posts suitable for this or any other boards I am compiling, please email me.
    Warm regards, Trudy
  4. Sunday, June 5th, 2011
    Oh my goodness...I love the face!!!! I have a bunch of socks without matches and now I have something to do with them. :)
  5. Saturday, June 4th, 2011
    What a great idea! Easy and clever! LOVE the photos too!! :)
  6. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    So awesome! The kids are gonna lOVE this :o)
  7. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    I can do that! And I can just picture my 3 year old's face when he sees it. I'm already laughing.
  8. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    Cute and easily done with stuff around the house... and loads of fun!
  9. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    LOVE sock puppets. I need to remember to dig out some stuff to put these together...great rainy day activity (we've been having a lot of those unfortunately).

    And, may I just add that Kim's son is such a great sport :)

  10. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    C'est excellent ! Merci :-) Welcome to Georges !
  11. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    This is such a good idea and something that I will definately be doing with my kids soon! Thanks for the great idea.