Hand puppets are lots of fun to make and to play with afterwards. I found this Calico Hand Puppet kit by The Creative School Supply Company in my local art store and thought my 3-year old would enjoy making it. The kit meant that it was a very quick and easy project. However, if you have a sewing machine, you could always sew your own puppet outline onto calico.
Time: 10 minutes
Age: Any age
Puppet kit or two calico squares and a sewing machine
Fabric paints or fabric crayons
Materials ready to go
If you have the kit, simply cut around the sewn shape, leaving 1cm border from the stitching line
Cut around the puppet shape
If you don't have a kit, sew a clover shaped outline onto two squares of calico, then cut out around the shape leaving the 1cm border
Carefully snip the fabric inwards towards the seams on all the bends and corners. This helps to give the puppet a smooth edge when it is turned right side out
Makes snips around the bends and corners, being careful not to cut the stitching
Turn the puppet the right way out
Turned the right way round and ready for painting
Now it's time to decorate your puppet. We used fabric paints. However you could also use fabric crayons or markers
Now for the messy bit
Older children could sew or glue on buttons, pom poms, felt pieces, google eyes, feather, fur etc.
Meet Percy Puppet
Now it's time to play with your puppet. Why not make more than one and put on a puppet show?
Notes I bought the puppet kit (calico squares with sewn puppet outline and instruction sheet) for $2.75 from Art Shed in Brisbane.