Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts

Glove and Plate Puppets
 Here’s a way to use up leftover paper plates from the holiday season and odd mittens or gloves that have lost their mates. You can skip the paper plate if you wish and glue eyes and decorations directly onto a glove or mitten. (Gloves make excellent bug puppets!) Talking, singing, and acting out stories with children are great ways to help them get ready to read. 

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Glue (super tacky glue is best)
  • Sturdy paper plates
  • Art supplies 

To Make:

  • Glue a glove onto the back of each sturdy plate.
  • Use art supplies to decorate the paper plates to make people faces or fantasy creatures.

To Use:

  • Children place a hand inside the glove or mitten and manipulate the puppet to act out a favorite story or song.

from Making Toys for Preschool Children by Linda Miller and Mary Jo Gibbs: Gryphon House, 2002

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.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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