Paper Finger Puppets

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Paper Finger Puppets
Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Turn puppet play zooey with an easy-to-make troupe of tiny animal actors.

What you'll need

  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Googly eyes, pom-poms, yarn, and other notions
  • Crayons or markers

How to make it

  1. Paper Finger Puppets - Step 1

    Use scissors to shape the puppets' midsection from a 3-inch square of craft paper�perhaps a round potbelly for a pig or a rectangular body for an alligator.

  2. For legs, roll and glue four 1 1/2-by-3-inch paper strips into cylinders. Make them wide enough to fit your child's fingers, so she can walk the puppet around. Attach each leg to the midsection with a piece of masking tape, pressing one end inside the cylinder and the other onto the back of the body.

  3. DOG, LION, BUG, or DEER: Draw a suitable head and ears on a piece of craft paper. Then cut out the shape and glue it onto the body. Glue on googly eyes and distinguishing details, such as a pom-pom nose, a mane fashioned from snips of string, waxed-paper wings, or twist-tie antlers.

  4. PIGLET: With a small half circle, form and glue a paper cone. Flatten the tip of the cone with your thumb to create a pig snout. Glue on big, floppy ears and attach the head to the body with tape.

  5. ALLIGATOR: Match up a pair of 2 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch rectangles with the shorter edges at the top and bottom. Glue together the very tops, then fold back the glued portion and make a crease. With pinking shears, trim the sides and bottoms of the rectangles to create a tapered, toothy jaw. Glue the folded edge to the back of the body. Finally, glue on a pair of googly-eyes.

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