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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.
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
- 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.
- Find a suitable sock. Longer socks work better for puppet shows, one that goes up the child’s arm.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Glue nose. We used a pom pom.
- 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.