Using some cereal box card board, pipe cleaners, pom-poms and googly eyes you can make your very own DIY animal finger puppets. Create a menagerie of these fun little finger puppets using your imagination to guide you with the design, then put on a puppet show for friends and family. Younger children will have fun making animal sounds for each puppet while older children can write a play and perform a show.

Materials:

  • cereal box card board (you will need circle shapes for the faces and small rectangles for the back)
  • pipe cleaners
  • googly eyes
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • ink pen
  • construction paper
  • scissors

Instructions

    1. Cut out a circle for the face of your puppet from cereal box card board and glue pom-poms or construction paper features to the face for features like ears.Glue ears and eyes on
    2. Continue adding features like googly eyes for the eyes and a pom-pom nose for the nose.Glue on nose
    3. Doodle additional details with an ink pen like a tiny mouth or whiskers.Doodle mouth
    4. Glue a pipe cleaner to the back of the card board circle and use a small rectangular piece of card board to hold the pipe cleaner in placeGlue pipe cleaner to back
    5. Twirl the pipe cleaner around your finger like a spring.Twist around fingerYou are all set to put on a puppet show! Write a script for the characters and put on a play for your friends. Ask younger children what animal sound does each puppet make? Finger Puppets High Resolution

       

Caroline Gravino is a PBS Parents resident crafter and has more creative project ideas on her website, Salsa Pie Productions. She also shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube channel.

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