All You Need To Know About Making Hand Puppets

Looking for an activity to do with the kids on a blustery, chilly October day? Put on a puppet show! Okay, if we’re being honest, we live in Houston so saying it’s blustery and chilly is probably a bit of an exaggeration…but the kids will still love this activity nonetheless. We’re big fans of creating hand puppets because 1) it allows them to use their creativity, and 2) the crafting and playing allows them to work on developing fine motor skills, an important development for children of all ages. So break out an old pair of socks and some buttons and let’s get to crafting! 

Googly Eye Puppet

This cute creation is a bit reminiscent of a Sesame Street character—it’s adorable! To make this one, you’ll need a pair of fuzzy socks, a hot glue gun, felt, cardboard, and of course, googly eyes. Feel free to customize it however you and your child want! Check out the pictures and tutorial here.

Unicorn Puppet

This adorable puppet jumps on the unicorn trend and we love it! Plus, it uses materials you probably already have at home in that stuffed-to-the-brim craft drawer you’ve been meaning to organize. (Saving all of those little scraps of yarn from projects past will finally pay off!) Get the details here.

Five Little Frogs Puppet

For this one, you’ll need a pair of green gloves (try looking at the dollar store if you don’t have any on hand) and a hot glue gun. The tutorial also calls for felt frog stickers, which you can find at a craft store, but if you’d rather, you can make your own with felt, permanent markers, and googly eyes. Find the tutorial here.

Fire-Breathing Dragon Puppet

Whether you aim for a storybook, mythical type or one that rivals Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, this puppet is one that any little princess or prince will surely love. It’s fierce, it’s magical, and best of all, it’s easy. You just need a hot glue gun, a lone sock, and some felt. If you want to get really crazy, you could even add sequins or glitter. Check out the pattern here.

Happy Animal Puppet

Now, in full disclosure, these puppets are a little more hands-on than some of the others because they require a bit of sewing. But they’re totally worth it, if you ask us! This tutorial includes a pattern for a lion, a pig, and an elephant. Make one or make them all—either way, your kids will love them.

Making hand puppets is an activity your kids will love, but even better, they’ll adore playing with them and putting on puppet shows for hours and hours. The best part about this activity is that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you’d like. Take a trip to the craft store to buy feathers, beads, and buttons to adorn your puppets, or get creative and use things you find around the house. If you really want to take things to the next level, check out this tutorial to learn how to make a puppet show box for the kids to duck behind and show off their puppets. Your kids will think you’re the coolest parent on the block.

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