Monday, August 27, 2012

simple finger puppets

Last week my daughter's friend introduced her latest passion to our home- instant (almost) index card finger puppets. They're so simple that making one isn't possible... an entire cast of characters is inevitable.

 We expanded upon her idea with a shoebox theater and a summer day whizzed by only interrupted by some cooling off water play.


We used a hinged shoebox so that the lid could flip down into a backstage- for props and the cast. The front of the "house" opened with doors cut with a sharp blade. A felt curtain hid the backstage and was attached with some duct tape. A center slit created access for actors controlled by happy small hands. They loved how everything packed up nicely at the end of the day.

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Index card finger puppets:


  • index cards 
  • tape
  • markers (our friend insisted on sharpies, but any will do)
  • scissors 


  1. fold card almost in half lengthwise- leave 1/4" to 1/2"of an edge to fold over onto the first fold
  2. tape shut to create a tube
  3. fold one of the open ends over about 11/2" to create "the head" 
  4. fold back/under each corner of the head
  5. add tails or ears with additional pieces of index cards and tape
  6. draw and color characters

So fun, right!? What a great project for final summer road trips or as a tool for easing/acting out the transition back to school. Hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
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  1. I can't wait to show this to my girl! She is already very accomplished with scissors, tape, markers and glue!

    xo Lis

    1. Lis- I think she'll love making bunches of these knowing how creative she is!

  2. Adorable! We made this as kids and I guess, we had fun for month thinking about new stories and showing them to our parents and grandparents.

    1. Having little shows is definitely one of my daughter's favorite parts!

  3. too stinkin' cute! my kiddos will love this!

  4. I love this! I am always amazed by the things my kids create!

  5. Wow! Easy and quick finger puppets on one of my very favourites blogs:))) What a coincidence -
    LOTS of Love
    Great Work:)

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