If you need a child-friendly project about sea otters for a class or club, consider making sea otter sock puppets. Sock puppets are an easy, inexpensive way to connect children with the animal in question. They are also a quick way to make characters for a classroom play. On top of that, the long, sleek form of a sea otter lends itself very well to sock puppetry. All you need are a few simple materials.
Lay the brown sock on its side so that the heel and toe are clearly visible. Use scissors to make an inch and a half long cut through the toe. This will be the puppet's mouth.
Cut a 3-inch diameter circle out of poster board, and another 3" circle out of pink felt. Glue the felt to the poster board.
Fold the pink circle in half to make a crease down the middle of it. Insert the circle into the incision you made in the sock. Glue it to the edges of the sock. You have now completed the puppet's mouth.
Glue two large, tan-coloured fluff balls side by side above the otter's mouth. You can find assorted fluff balls at most craft stores, where they are sold in different colours and sizes. Proceed to glue a small pink fluff ball on top of them. You have now finished the nose.
Glue two black buttons on either side of the nose. These are the otter's eyes.
Cut out two 1/2 inch diameter circles of dark brown felt and two 3/8-inch circles from the pink felt. Glue the pink circles on to the brown ones. Cut the bottom third off of each circle. Glue the flat edges to the puppet, just behind the eyes. Your puppet now has small otter ears.
Cut out two 3-inch x 1-inch rectangles from the brown felt. Glue them to either side of the sock puppet, a third of the way down the leg of the sock. Your puppet now has arms.
Things you need
- Brown sock
- Pink felt
- Poster board
- 2 large tan fluff balls
- 1 small pink fluff ball
- Dark brown felt