Freedom Friends

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Freedom Friends
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Friends come in all colors and sizes! Teach kids about diversity and freedom with these cute little Freedom Friends puppets. A perfect project for Martin Luther King Day! For more information on MLK Jr. Day, be sure to visit our Martin Luther King Jr. Biography page, as well as our Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities page.

What you'll need

  • Jumbo craft sticks (1 for each puppet)
  • Mini craft sticks (2 for each puppet)
  • Construction paper in various colors
  • Small wiggle eyes (2 for each puppet)
  • Craft paint: peach or flesh, brown, light brown, sunflower or light tan
  • Chenille stems in black and brown
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue and hot glue gun
  • Black Sharpie marker
Helpful Tip:

You can purchase craft sticks of all sizes at your local craft supply store. If you like, decorate the clothing and hair with ribbons, bows, buttons and other embellishments. For a simpler hair option, simply cut out from construction paper and glue in place.

How to make it

  1. Paint jumbo craft sticks and mini craft sticks with brown, flesh, light brown and sunflower, set aside to dry.

  2. Using colorful construction paper, cut out simple t-shirts and bottoms.

  3. Glue 2 wiggle eyes on each jumbo craft stick.

  4. To make curly hair, cut chenille stem into 4 pieces. Wrap each piece tightly around the handle of a small paintbrush. Remove and gently pull to stretch out a little. For looser curls, stretch out mor

  5. Use hot glue gun to attach hair to each puppet.

  6. Use white craft glue to add clothing. Glue the blue bottoms on first and the shirt should overlap that.

  7. Turn over and glue arms to the back of the jumbo craft stick, be sure to line them up with the shirt sleeves.

  8. When dry, turn back over and draw on smiles and dot on a nose with the black marker.

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