Make finger puppets out of bits and pieces. Use them to make an animation using your phone or tablet (see below) blog post here. Remember to have lots of FUN!
Version One: Keep it Simple!
These are the simplest finger puppets to make – we’ve done lots of the work for you but left enough opportunity for children to make the puppets their own.
You will need:
- Printed card versions of the templates.
- Glue sticks
- Pens and pencils
1. Print out the templates below. Scroll down to see printable version.
Easy finger puppets template 2
2. Cut strips of card to make the finger bands. Each strip should be 1cm x 6 cm. Roll these strips into hoops and secure with tape.
Stick the finger band on the back
3. Cut out and colour the finger puppets. Add fabric and string if you wish.
4. Stick the finger bands on the back and you’re ready to go!
Rabbit finger puppet
Version Two: Mix it up!
In this version children can really begin to experiment by creating their own characters and using different materials and textures.
You will need:
- Thin coloured card
- Pens, pencils
- PVA glue or glue sticks
- Scraps of fabric and wool
- Begin by cutting a thin stip of card (approximately 1cm x 6cm) to make the band which goes around your finger. Curl it into a circle and secure with tape.
Making the finger band
2. Next cut another shape out of paper which is slightly larger than your finger. This is the basis of your finger puppet, so think carefully about what kind of shape you want it to be? Will it be upright like a person, or have a large tall neck like a giraffe. Or might it have a big mouth like a crocodile?
Cut a second shape to form the puppet itself
3. Stick the puppet to the finger band, and decorate with whatever you can find!
4. If you don’t want to draw a puppet you could also look for animals and people to cut out of magazines.
Cut out finger puppet
Finger band stuck on the back of the puppet
Caveman, deer and crocodile!
Acknowledgement: ideas and photographs acquired from https://www.accessart.org.uk