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Puppet Making for Kids: How to Make Hand and Finger Puppets

Where do lost socks go? They become finger puppets, of course!

When it comes to activities for kids, fun and imagination go hand in hand.

Making finger puppets is easy. It’s also great for imaginative play and storytelling. And that lost sock (or two), makes an awesome finger puppet.


You’ll need:

  • A single sock
  • Wool
  • A wool needle
  • Buttons or googly eyes (or fabric pens for younger kids)
  • Scissors
  • White glue


This is a messy activity, but mess is part of the fun.


To start:

  1. Decide which part of the sock will be your puppet’s face.
  2. Put your hand inside the sock and either fold the toe of the sock inside or place your thumb in the heel to form a mouth that can open and close.
  3. For hair, take card and tie wool around it until its thick.
  4. Using the needle, sew along the card edge, gathering and knotting strands together, overlapping until you reach the end.
  5. Use scissors to cut through the loops of wool at the other end for a puppet wig!
  6. Sew hair, eyes, and other decorations on the sock. (This should be done by an adult or for an older child under supervision). Or use glue to stick details on and your puppet is ready to play!


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