Sock puppets are fun and easy to make. Kids get to express their creativity with unique features. The puppets can look like an animal, alien, person or whatever! It is anything they want it to be. After making them, they can create a puppet show using their creations. The creativity doesn’t stop!
You know the socks that get eaten by the dryer? This is a good use for those orphan socks left over. I wanted grey ones (for wolves), but any color or size will do.
Materials for Sock Puppets:
Socks (any kind or color)
Tacky Glue or Glue Gun
Felt – various colors
Tag Board or cardboard from a cereal box
Yarn – for fur, hair, etc.
Plus any additional items you may have for fun creations! (pipe cleaners?)
First, fold the sock sideways and cut a mouth opening.
Next, trace the mouth opening on a piece of tag board and fold in half so that it opens like a mouth. If the socks are all the same size, just use the same pattern. Save the pattern for cutting out the felt mouth.
Glue the tag board to the sock. If using tacky glue, you’ll need to use clothespins to hold in place to dry. I did the tacky glue first and then found it was quicker to just use the glue gun.
I did the first steps ahead of time for my grandkids and they took it from this point to adding the rest.
Now, use the pattern for the mouth opening to trace the inside of the mouth out of felt. (Let kids choose which color they want for the inside of the mouth.)
Glue the felt cut-out inside the mouth. Trim any overlapping edges.
Add tongue, teeth, eyes, nose, ears, hair, fur, hats or whatever they come up with to make it their own.
They loved making them and each one turned out great!
Hint: The cheaper and thinner the felt, the easier it is to cut! Also, it helps to have a few cardboard templates of circles for them to trace for eyes, etc.
While we made wolves, which went with our Oma and Opa Camp theme, this project is adaptable for any character, insect, or animal.
Read a children’s book and then create the sock puppet characters in that story. Now, you get the idea so let kids go with their own creative ideas!
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