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Felt Shape Puppet Craft Project for Preschoolers
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Who is your favorite puppeteer?
What child doesn't like to play with puppets? I know when my daughter was younger, we had puppet shows all the time. For a while we had a cardboard box with a window cut out so we could watch her perform, and my husband and I would enjoy the shows that she and her friends would stage for us. I miss those days now that she is older and not so interested in puppetry.
My daughter had a wide array of puppets, from fancy store-bought fluffy animals, to handmade creatures like these felt puppets. She made one while in preschool years ago and played with it for many many hours. I remember making a fun game out of asking her to point out all of the shapes and colors.
I've created this tutorial to help you make your own felt shape monster puppet with your child or classroom. It's such an inspiring project, where children can use their imagination to create a new friend while learning about shapes and colors, as well as helping develop fine motor skills.
I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did with my daughter years ago.
Supplies you'll need
- Felt - Various colors
- Strong, clear drying craft glue
- Marking pen
- Sewing machine
- Protective cover for work surface
- Paper towels
Form the body of the puppet
*Important: This step should be done by an adult. Have the body of the puppet ready for the child to decorate.
- Draw and cut out a shape similar to the one in the photo. When determining the size, always add on about 1/4 to 1/2 in around the perimeter for the seam allowance. It's better for the puppet body to be too large rather than too small. Make sure the holes for the fingers are large enough too.
- Sew around the perimeter, about 1/4 inch from the edge of the felt. Remember to leave the bottom (straight edge) open so a hand can go in.
- Back stitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitches. There will be a lot of tugging on these seams so it's important to do this step.
Cut out felt shapes
Cut out all sorts of shapes in various colors and sizes. Children will have fun choosing from all of the brightly colored felt pieces. If the child is old enough and able too, they can help out with this step. Make sure to have them use child safety scissors.
Assemble the puppet
*Warning - Glueing the pieces can get messy. Have paper towels handy. If the child is old enough, have them use a toothpick or a popsicle stick to apply the glue on the shapes.
- Have the child choose a blank puppet and put it on a table. You may want them to lay out the shapes in a design before they begin glueing the pieces on.
- Have craft glue ready to use. Put some on a paper plate so it's easy for the child to dip the felt pieces in.
- Place the shapes with the glue onto the puppet and set aside to dry.
Puppets help children...
Use their imaginations
Enhance social skills
Improve listening skills
Expand their creativity
Develop storytelling skills
Basic shapes to use with preschoolers
Having seen, and participated in, many puppet shows over the years, both with my own daughter, as well as in classrooms I substituted in, I have seen firsthand the joy that puppets can bring to children.
It's wonderful to see the transformation of a child, who may not normally have the confidence to get up in front of their friends, into a child who can use her imagination to make people listen and even laugh.
We still have some of my daughters' favorite puppets and every once in while we'll take one out just for fun. They can still bring a smile to her face, and ours too!
Enjoy making memories with your child and their new shape monster puppet!
© 2014 Claudia Mitchell