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Sock Puppets

Sock puppets are so easy to make and fun for your little ones to act out their nursery rhymes, favorite story or even a totally made up story.

Children can use sock puppets to express their alter egos, their secrets, their creative thought processes.

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Sock puppets are so easy to make and fun for your little ones to act out their nursery rhymes, favorite story or even a totally made up story.

Children can use sock puppets to express their alter egos, their secrets, their creative thought processes.

To create these soft little wonders, all you need is a single sock, small enough for your child's hand, but not too small.  I certainly don't recommend dad's socks as they are just much to long for their little hands and arms.

I've been most successful with my own smaller, lightweight socks.

We've used solid colored socks, but there's no reason to not try making puppets with printed socks as well.

You'll need some items to decorate with such as curly ribbon, yarn, glitter, buttons, fabric paints, odd pieces of fabric, or anything else you may have in your arts and crafts supplies.


To attach your decor, you'll want needle and thread, fabric glue or possibly hot glue gun with glue sticks.  We've had lots of success with the glue gun and have even found that the fabric paint can act as a good adhesive as well.

To start, place the sock over your child's hand with their fingers in the toe section and their thumb in the heel.  Show them how to move their fingers and thumb to form the mouth and make their creature talk and sing.

We use a pencil to then mark where they want to have eyes, hair, nose or any other special feature.



We've used fabric paint for eyes and noses on one set of puppets.  On another, my grandchildren selected buttons for their eyes.  

They were having so much fun with the buttons, we ended up with a pair of four eyed cat puppets.



Since they had never sewn before, I would thread the needle through the sock and button hole, then have them pull the needle through so they could claim they had sewn on the eyes.

We've used the glue gun or the fabric paint to add curly ribbon for hair, and raffia strings for whiskers.

For our cat's ears, we took a bow and snipped off pieces and glued them above our button eyes.

Since they are still too little to manage the glue gun by themselves, I'm very involved in that part of the assembly.

They take great pride in their creations and walk around frequently with their little critters, singing and talking.


Paper Plate Puppets - funny faces with stick legs!!

What puppet fun have your little ones had?

Are puppets a favorite in your home? Have you and your little ones created a fun and fabulous puppet? Please share it with us! We love new ideas and seeing what fun others are creating!

Just upload some pictures and tell us how you all created your make believe fun!

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