Small children typically love telling stories, and the rhymes in nursery rhymes make remembering the stories easier. These children often enjoy the short stories and love to repeat them over and over. Adding finger puppets to familiar stories allows the children to incorporate role play. Printable finger puppets provide amusement for the child with very little additional work needed, but do-it-yourself finger puppets can also be easy.
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Peanut Shell Puppets
For those little hands, try using peanut shells to make finger puppets. Cut the peanut shell in the centre of the skinny section, between the nuts, being careful not to split the shell up the seam. Sand off the rough edges and paint the shell a uniform colour if you desire. Draw numbers, letters or faces on the shell and create your own puppets. If you use numbers or letters, the puppets can help your preschooler learn to count or recognise letters.
Rolled Paper Puppets
Angel finger puppets may entertain preschoolers in a Sunday school class or preschool. You can craft angels by wrapping a rolled piece of paper around a finger. The children can then create angel hair, wings, halos and clothing with scraps of tissue, yarn and cloth. Crayons are useful for drawing on the face and other features.
Printed Paper Puppets
If you want sturdy puppets that use fingers as legs or body parts, EnchantedLearning.com has free printable, black-and-white puppet stencils you can print on stiff construction paper with cut-out holes for inserting fingers. The paper puppets include an elephant, Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater and wife, and three dinosaur puppets with a short poem.
You can use this idea to draw your own paper puppets using well-known nursery rhymes and allowing the children to colour in the features. Reinforce the back of the puppets with heavy duty packing tape after they are decorated; it will make the puppets more durable and less likely for the holes to tear out.
Wrap Around Finger Printable Puppets
Fabric DIY Finger Puppets
For a simple puppet project, use felt and craft items. The finger puppets require mostly scrap pieces of fabric, yarn and trimmings. You can recreate characters for almost any story you choose and invite the children to tell the story with the puppets.
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