Sock Puppets

Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Art Project, Crafts | 16 comments

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!

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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)

Scissors

Tacky Glue or Glue Gun

Felt – various colors

Tag Board or cardboard from a cereal box

Google Eyes

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.

 

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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.

Sock Puppets  grandparentsplus.com

 

Sock Puppets   grandparentsplus.com

 

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.

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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.

Sock Puppets  grandparentsplus.com

Sock Puppets   grandparentsplus.com

They loved making them and  each one turned out great!

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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!

Watch for the entire post of Oma and Opa Camp with all our activities coming soon!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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16 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this puppet on Fabulous Friday Party last week. Hope to see you next week
    Thanks Maria

  2. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Very creative sock puppets! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  4. This is the cutest thing ever! Would love if you share this on Fabulous Friday Party
    Thanks Maria

  5. They are so funny!!

  6. Cute idea!

  7. What a great project – how old does the child need to be to help with the puppet? Thanks for sharing – I’m now a new follower.

  8. You just can’t beat a good sock puppet! Kids are so imaginative; they can make all sorts of creatures and come up with fun plays to show off. Thanks for linking up at Gingerly Made!

  9. Very cute! My grandsons would love these.

  10. We have lots of mis match socks at our house that could be put to good use. These are adorable – thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  11. What a FANTASTIC idea for an activity for children. Thank you for linking up with Let’s Get Real! Feel free to swing by Multi-Testing Mommy and link up to my Artsy Play Wednesday post too – I have MANY Grandparents who come to find new activity ideas for their grandchildren! 🙂

    • Thanks and I’ll stop by!

  12. Thanks for a reprisal of this old favorite! I’ve got several sets of instructions “somewhere!” But the life of a grandma of almost seven is a hectic one, and finding such nice photos and detail to guide us along would be impossible a task! Thank you!

  13. how fun! I loved playing with sock puppets when I was a kid! I am going to have to try this with the grands for sure!

  14. Their puppets turned out great. I’ll have to pin this for later. My granddaughters are a little young for this still. Thanks for the inspiration. Best wishes, Darlene

  15. adorable idea!!!

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