Create a cast of ready-to-perform sock puppets! Sock puppets can be fabricated using items found around the home. Purchase table tennis balls to create professional-looking puppet eyes for an extra special touch.
- Hot Glue
- Felt Sheets
- Table Tennis Balls
Step 1: Begin by creating a template for the puppet’s mouth. Fold a piece of cardstock in half. Draw an elongated semi-circle along the edge.
Step 2: Cut out the semi-circle. Cut an inch or wider than the drawn line. Unfold the cardstock and cut along the drawn line only!
Step 3: On a separate piece of cardstock, trace the top, smaller semi-circle, and cut it out.
Step 4: Glue the small semi-circle to the matching side of the previously cut cardstock. Test the template to make sure it fits your hand.
Step 5: Place the cardstock inside the toe of the sock. The sock heel should be on the back of the hand, near your wrist. Adjust the sock until it fits properly.
Step 6: Cut felt to create features for the puppet. If you don’t have felt, use whichever colors and fabrics you have on hand.
Step 7: Cut an elongated circle of felt for the inside of the mouth. Test the size by placing the felt inside the mouth. Trim if needed. Use hot glue to adhere this and all of the features to the puppet.
Step 8: Periodically test the movement of the puppet.
Step 9: Create puppet eyes. Use a permanent marker to draw a pupil and an iris on two table tennis balls.
Step 10: Felt can be used to create eyelids. Decide if you want eyelids on the top and bottom of the eyeballs.
Step 11: Glue the eyes to the top of the puppet. Eyelids can be made using felt. Add hair using a bundle of strands of yarn.
Step 12: Glue all additional features to the main body of the puppet.
Ideas to take the captured drawings to the next level:
- Don’t stop at the puppet! Create a set for your puppet using cardboard and paint.
- Be creative and add various features and accessories, such as ears, a nose, jewelry, a scarf, etc.
Learning and Discussion Questions:
1. What is the origin of puppetry? Puppets may have existed since the 5th century B.C.E. when puppetry was recorded in Ancient Greece. To learn more about the history of puppetry, visit puppetnerd.com.
2. Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop are household names for many. They touched millions of lives from 1957 to 1998. View this excerpt of Shari and Lamb Chop performing on stage in 1982.
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