How to make finger puppets

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How to make finger puppets
Have fun with a family of homemade finger puppets. (Mikko PitkAnen/iStock/Getty Images)

Finger puppets make an inexpensive and fun activity for children. You can make very simple finger puppets or elaborate ones, depending on the materials you have to work with and the time you plan to devote to the activity. Grab your children and get started on your finger puppet craft project today.


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    Print your finger puppet out from a template or create your own finger puppet drawing. Educational and craft websites offer simple, creative finger puppet templates already coloured and ready to print. However, you can easily make your own finger puppets by drawing a simple animal or human shape.

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    Remember to leave two holes for your fingers. If you draw your own finger puppet, draw two finger-sized holes near the bottom of the image. The two holes provide a place to insert your fingers and they become the legs and feet of your puppet.

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    Cut out your finger puppet and the finger holes. Carefully cut along the lines of your drawing or cut just outside the lines so that the puppet doesn't shrink. An easy way to cut out finger holes is to fold across the middle of the circle and use your scissors to cut out the middle.

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    Decorate your finger puppet in any way you want. Use markers, crayons, paints, glitter and other craft materials to make your puppet look like the one you imagined. You might also consider using plastic googly eyes or wool for hair to bring your puppet to life.

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