Spring is a good time to talk about our planet and to do an earth friendly craft related to the April 22 holiday Earth Day. These simple and easy to make finger or hand puppets can be made by reusing old or mismatched mittens or gloves and other scrap materials.
What you need:
• old gloves or mittens
• scraps of yarn, felt, fabric, buttons, beads, stickers, etc.
• glue or needle and thread
Start by cutting off one finger of a glove and then stitch or glue up the loose end to prevent unraveling. Decide what puppet you want to create and decorate it by sewing or gluing the pieces on to make parts like eyes, a mouth, hair or whatever you need for your character.
Now you have a puppet that can be used to retell favorite stories or make up your own, which both help develop narrative skills.
This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.