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Felt Shape Puppet Craft Project for Preschoolers

Updated on December 11, 2014
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Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

This felt shape monster puppet craft provides hours of fun for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
This felt shape monster puppet craft provides hours of fun for preschoolers and kindergarteners. | Source

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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
  • Scissors
  • Strong, clear drying craft glue
  • Marking pen
  • Sewing machine
  • Protective cover for work surface
  • Paper towels

Instructions

Form the body of the puppet

Assembling the body of the felt puppet.
Assembling the body of the felt puppet. | Source

*Important: This step should be done by an adult. Have the body of the puppet ready for the child to decorate.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Felt shapes of all colors and sizes.
Felt shapes of all colors and sizes. | Source

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

Bring the puppet to life.
Bring the puppet to life. | Source

*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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Place the shapes with the glue onto the puppet and set aside to dry.

Shape monster puppets made out of felt.  An ideal craft project for preschoolers.
Shape monster puppets made out of felt. An ideal craft project for preschoolers. | Source

Puppets help children...

Build confidence

Use their imaginations

Enhance social skills

Improve listening skills

Expand their creativity

Develop storytelling skills

Basic shapes to use with preschoolers

 
 
 
Squares
Rectangles
Triangles
Diamonds
Circles
Hearts
Ovals
 
 

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!

Fun Preschool Craft Activity:  Felt Shape Monster Puppets
Fun Preschool Craft Activity: Felt Shape Monster Puppets | Source

© 2014 Claudia Mitchell

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    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Hi randomcreative - There aren't many crafts this easy with such fun results. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. They'd be cute with some of your buttons too!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Adorable and so easy to make! As always, I love the detailed instructions and photos. Thanks for sharing.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Hi aviannovice - I agree and this is definitely a way to spur their creativity. I can imagine some bird puppets too! Thanks for stopping by. Our birds are feverishly eating food from our feeders right now because of the bitter cold temperatures.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Youngsters have such wonderful imaginations. We must cultivate them in order for the creativity to continue throughout their lives...

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Thanks so much Vespa - I love Jim Henson too. The muppets were a big part of my childhood. Glad you stopped by to read.

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      vespawoolf 

      3 years ago from Peru, South America

      I also enjoyed playing with puppets as a child. These would be both fun to make and play with. Jim Henson was the best. : )

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Thanks hostaguy. I appreciate it and hope they make lots of fun shape puppets.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Hi teaches - Happy New Year to you. I took a few days off so now I'm back responding to nice comments. Glad you enjoyed this hub. It's a fun project to do with little ones. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      frank nyikos 

      3 years ago from 8374 E State Rd 45 Unionville IN 47468

      This is going straight to my mom and sister! Thanks for a cool post

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      These are so adorable. I wish I had time to create these sweet puppets. How wonderful a gift they would make for children. Thanks for the enjoyable read.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan - Glad you enjoyed the project and thanks so much for the vote. I love bright colors and I think kids do too. Have a lovely day.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Bill - Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Easy and fun is my type of craft, especially with kids. Have a nice holiday.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub and your instructions and pictures are so helpful.

      Very creative craft for kids to learn with fun. Thanks and voted up!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Hi heidithorne - I think holiday puppets are a great idea! Especially if someone has a house full of kids and the weather isn't very nice. The children could put on a holiday puppet show! Thanks for the suggestions and reading the article.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Glimmer. Very creative. What a great craft to do with the kids. Easy, fun, and very colorful. Another great hub. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for the angles pstraubie! Isn't it fun how much kids enjoy puppets! Their imagination really blossoms with them. Thanks for reading and pinning!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      3 years ago from Chicago Area

      So, so cute! With the holidays coming up, I can see using the same idea for holiday themed versions. Thanks for sharing the fun!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      3 years ago from Chicago Area

      So, so cute! With the holidays coming up, I can see using the same idea for holiday themed versions. Thanks for sharing the fun!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      These are so cute, Glimmer My daughter made a whole collection of them for my baby grandson and he loves them Adorable, Glimmer.

      Pinning

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Hi Audrey - It's nice to see you again and I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. I think puppets are a wonderful educational tool for all ages. Thanks for the votes and the share. I really appreciate it. Have a lovely weekend. Hope you aren't getting any bad weather where you are.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      Thanks purl! I agree, they could be made really simply or really detailed. It works for everyone. Many thanks for all of the support. Hope you have a great weekend!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      3 years ago

      I can see a felt craft in your future Bill. Surprise Bev with pretty felt heart creation or something like that! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend. Stay dry with all those terrible storms on your side of the country!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is a fun craft for all ages. You've provided excellent instruction. I like the quote about how puppets help children. Thank you for sharing your talent. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and am sharing.

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      Donna Herron 

      3 years ago from USA

      Amazing! Love that this puppet craft could be used for any age really. Older kids could make more complex puppet, but the process and materials could be the same. Great idea! Voted up, awesome, and pinned!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Between you and SallyBea, I now know infinitely more about felting than I ever did before. I swear, there is a book out there with your name on it......anyway, as always, great job!

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