Puppetry is an ancient and popular form of entertainment, which has not lost its appeal in the modern times! Two vibrant puppets descend from the branches of an ancient tree to narrate a beautiful folk tale from Rajasthan, made into Bollywood movie called Paheli. Besides entertainment, puppetry serves as an art, which conveys meaningful messages. From histories of kings to political satires and social messages, art of puppetry can do all! Cute, adorable and funny, puppets are a wonderful way to keep your kids engaged. Bedtime stories are incomplete without a bit of puppet show! Hand or finger puppets are much popular among the kids. They are being increasingly used in schools as a tool to grab kids’ attention, engage, and educate them. So why not try making those colorful and cute, finger puppets at home! It’s simple and easy. In a few minutes, you can make finger puppet from Peter Pan to Winnie the Pooh. So, make your kid’s bedtime stories more interesting with these finger puppets! Here are some ideas to make finger puppets at home:
Finger Puppets Making Ideas
Mouse Finger Puppet
What You Need
- 1/4 piece of white colored construction paper
- 2 pink construction paper circles
- 2 paper wiggly eyes
- A small black bead or pompom for the nose.
- A 6" string or piece of black yarn
- Hole punch
How To Make
- First, fold ¼ sheet of paper into half. You will be left with a piece about the size of an index card.
- Make the fold towards your stomach. With a pencil, draw a curved line from the left corner to right side almost two and a half inches up from the fold. This will form the nose.
- Cut on the curved lines.
- Next, glue the curved sides together.
- Leave the straight side open. This opening will allow your finger to go in.
- Next, punch a hole near the top corner to the opposite side of the fold for the string to go in.
- Tie the string in the hole to make the tail.
- Glue a bead on the nose and add wiggly eyes.
- Glue two pink paper circles for the ears, one on each side of your mouse. Glue half of the pink paper circle on the construction and let the half stick out of body.
- Your mouse puppet is ready!
Frog Finger Puppet
Things You Need
- Green chenille stem
- Green thread
- Green felt
- Needle or sewing machine
- Craft glue
- Pink felt
- 2 plastic eyes
How To Make
- Cut 2/3 inch rectangles of green felt. Place the rectangles together in such a way that corners and edges match.
- Carefully, round the corners of one short side so that rectangles have one rounded end.
- Next, cut out 3 inch pieces of chenille stem.
- In each chenille stem, make a right angle bend at the halfway point.
- Next, keep one green felt onto the flat surface and place one chenille stem in such a way that its one end is on the felt piece and other end meets the raw side edge of the felt. Using the same method, position the other chenille stem on the opposite side edge of the rectangle.
- Pin to hold this in place.
- Stitch around the curved edge, making sure that stitching line is about 1/8-inch away from the raw edges of the felt. As you stitch around the felt, stitch two chenille stem pieces in place.
- Next, turn out the finger puppet right side out. Chenille stems will extend out from the side edges of the puppet as frog legs.
- Now, glue two eyes cutouts from the paper at the front top edge of the frog. From pink felt, cut a 1-inch by 1/8-inch rectangle and glue this under the eyes as frog’s tongue.
- Let it dry. Your frog finger puppet is ready.