Sock puppets might be easy to make, but they are a wonderful rainy day activity to share with children of all ages. They also promote storytelling and play – two great ways to build literacy skills!
If you have a few basic craft supplies and some odd socks, you can create a whole puppet theater full of sock people, animals, and monsters. Each one can have special characteristics, or a different voice, or maybe speak different languages. The possibilities are endless! And once you know how to make a simple sock puppet, you can even try a more advanced one.
What you will need:
- a clean sock (longer is better)
- a marker or markers
- pompoms, felt, googly eyes, or buttons (if you have them)
- any other craft supplies from around your house that you want to use!
How to make a sock puppet:
- Find a clean sock that’s long enough to cover your arm. A crew sock or a knee sock would work great for this! The sock can be any color you like. It can be fuzzy or plain. It can even have stripes or polka dots!
2. Slip the sock over your hand. Once you have the sock on, make a C-shape with your hand. Put your fingers into the toe part. Try to get your thumb into the heel part. If you can’t reach it, tuck the sock into the groove between your thumb and fingers. Open and close your hand. Your sock should already start looking like a puppet.
3. Use a marker to make two dots above the seam for the eyes. If you want your puppet to have a nose, make a dot for that as well.
4. Take the sock off. Spread it flat on the table. The marks for the eyes and nose may look out of place, but they give you an idea of where to place other features on your sock! This is why you made them while wearing the sock.
5. Glue some eyes onto the sock. You can do this with a hot glue gun, fabric glue, or tacky glue. For the actual eyes, you can use buttons, pompoms, or googly eyes. You can also draw the eyes on with a marker!
6. Glue a small pompom just above the seam for the nose. If you don’t have pompoms, you can also cut a triangle or circle out of felt and use that instead. Alternately, a button would make a cute nose. If you don’t have any of these, you can draw a nose on instead!
7. Your puppet is ready to go! If you feel like developing your puppet’s character more, you can still glue items onto it to give it more character. For example, you can glue some yarn to the top for hair, make ears out of felt, add a tongue, etc. You can use just about anything around the house!
8. Name your puppet and decide what it sounds like! Challenge your children to be creative, and then to put on a puppet show for the whole family.
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