Using an inexpensive garden
glove, colored felt and pom poms you can create wonderful handpuppets
that can make any storybook come alive for children of all ages!
First, Purchase a pair of lightweight garden gloves and some
fabric, craft glue ("Tacky" glue works well). Medium
sized gloves tend to work well for most adult's hands but can
still be enjoyed by children as well. Next you will need to gather
an assortment of pom-poms. Large Poms for the heads of the characters
and smaller poms to be used for the puppets ears, noses, etc.
You will also need assorted colors of felt, even felt scraps
are appropriate. when creatively making the puppets clothes,
don't forget to include hats where appropriate, ties on the boys
or bows in the little girls hair.
Squiggly eyes can give the puppets
character or use small beads instead. This is a wonderful craft
for using little bits of leftover ribbon, buttons, lace, beads
and other supplies you may have stashed away in your craft closet.
When your crafts are gathered
start by choosing your favorite storybook. Choose one that is
well known and that includes several animal or human characters.
5 story characters would be ideal using one for each hand but
don't rule out other books based only on the amount of fingers
you have to use on your glove.