title art
 
Hand Puppets
 
All Ages
Entertain family and friends with home-made puppets!

What You Need
puppets

  • 8" x 10" felt squares in different colors (two of each color)
  • Scissors
  • Any glue that comes in a plastic bottle with a narrow tip
  • Puppet pattern (print one for each puppet)
  • Straight pins
  • Buttons, lace, pipe cleaners, yarn, pom-poms, scraps of material

What to Do

  1. Cut out the puppet pattern.
  2. Choose two pieces of felt that are the same color for the main body of the puppet.
  3. Place the felt pieces one on top of the other, and then pin the puppet pattern securely to the felt. Make sure that the pins go through both layers.
    (Adults should do this step for young children.)
  4. Cut out the pattern, being careful to cut both layers at the same time. Remove the pattern and pins from the felt. These pieces of felt are the front and back of your puppet's body.
  5. Think about what you want your puppet to look like, and select the items that will help you do this. For example, you might choose buttons for the eyes, yarn for the hair and mouth, and a tiny pom-pom for the nose. Arrange these items on one piece of felt, but don't glue anything yet. You just want to see how everything looks. When you're satisfied with how your puppet looks, glue the items to the felt. This will be the front of your puppet.
  6. Use the other piece of felt for the back of your puppet. Trace a thin line of glue around the entire edge of this piece, except for the bottom. Carefully place the front piece of your puppet on the glued back. Let it dry overnight.
  7. Make lots of puppets and use them to have a puppet show for family and friends.

What Else You Can Do

  • Put on a puppet show of a popular story, such as "Little Red Riding Hood." Make puppets for Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, Grandmother, and the Woodsman. Add a few props if you'd like. Make a simple stage by draping a sheet over a small table. Now gather an audience, and it's show time!


Parents' Place | Home Activity Center
Education Place | Site Index

Copyright © 1998 Houghton Mifflin Company. All Rights Reserved.