We’re getting snow, yet again, so it’s been a great time to stay inside and make some winter crafts, so I thought I’d share some ideas with you.
Today we made some penguin finger puppets. They weren’t hard to make, and when you’re done you can have your own finger puppet show. Just stick the puppets on the ends of your fingers, or the end of a pencil.
You don’t need much to make these simple puppets. You’ll need:
- scraps of felt in black, white, and yellow or orange
- googly eyes, or tiny buttons for the eyes
- thread or embroidery floss
- craft glue or glue gun
How to make your penguin finger puppet:
1. I cut out the body of the puppet first, just make it about twice as wide as your finger, and rounded on top like the photo, cut two of these.
2. Stitch the two sides together with a dark colored or black thread and needle. This doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t show on the other side when you flip it right side out.
3. Use a pencil, or your finger to turn the puppet right side out.
4. Use your craft glue, or a glue gun if an adult is there to handle it (don’t let your children play with the glue gun, it’s hot enough to burn). Glue on an oval shaped piece of felt, cut to about 1″ long by 1/2″ wide. Go easy with the glue, if you use too much glue, or press too hard, it will go through the fabric to the next layer. It only takes a couple tiny dots to hold it together.
5. Cut out a small beak from the yellow or orange felt. Make a tiny triangle, fold it over and cut around it for the other half of the beak.
8. You’re ready to play!
You can use these for finger puppets, or to cover the ends of your pencils.They would also make a fun craft project for a winter party, or if you want to make them up ahead of the party with your kids, they’d be fun party favors for a penguin party, or snow party. We’ve got plenty of snow around here, we may as well celebrate it!
I’ll be back with more finger puppets, so you can have a whole zoo of finger puppet animals.