Monday, August 27, 2012

simple finger puppets

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

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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:

need: 

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


make:

  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
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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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8 comments:

  1. I can't wait to show this to my girl! She is already very accomplished with scissors, tape, markers and glue!

    xo Lis

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  5. Wow! Easy and quick finger puppets on one of my very favourites blogs:))) What a coincidence - http://mystorkhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-crazy-finger-puppets-troupe-trupa.html
    LOTS of Love
    Great Work:)

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