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Fall felt finger puppets

 

 

by Laura Tipon Rohm

 

As it starts getting colder and the season changes it’s nice to spend some time inside all bundled up. Finger puppets make a great fall activity for the family and a great gift! They are super easy to make. Each animal is unique but once you get the hang of it you will be able to put the animals together with ease. four hours we made some barnyard friends. 


  • Package of multicolored felt (for us this was more reasonable than buying individual sheets)

  • Tacky glue or hot glue

  • Optional Needle and thread

  • Optional fabric paint. 


Each will need two body shapes. Measure around your biggest finger (thumb) with about 1/2 inch around to allow for glue while still allowing your finger to fit. We wanted to include the ears in the body form so we wouldn’t have to glue them on later. It’s really just a personal preference. You will be cutting out different colored felt to layer on top of the body pieces. At this point you’ll want to decide whether or not you’ll be using your needle and thread or a paint brush and fabric paint for eyes. Go ahead and do that now before we start gluing or sewing.


Once your shapes are cut out and you have selected a process for eyes you will want to begin laying out your pieces. Before we begin gluing or sewing I want to point out that you will leave the bottom flat portion of the felt pieces that we made for the body open for fingers. 


Now that everything is laid out the way you like it you will begin gluing the pieces down. I recommend putting an object in between the two body pieces so that the puppet does not get glued together once we add the face features. If you cut out your ears separately this is the point where you will want to add them to the body before you seal the two pieces together. 

(for my finger puppets I wanted to hand sew the body pieces together for longevity, this is just another personal preference. If you were especially savvy with sewing feel free to use the machine here.)


This is the fun part now we get to add the shapes to make up our animal faces. You’ll want to think about this in layers while you are gluing. Go ahead and wait for the glue to set and Viola you have your own barnyard fun! 


Please share your animal puppets with us @


Join along for family puppet songs! 


When the animals get up in the morning

When hens get up in the morning they always say g'day.

When hens get up in the morning they always say g'day.

They say brack brack brack brack, that is what they say.

They say brack brack brack brack, that is what they say.


When dogs get up in the morning, they always say g'day.

They say woof woof woof woof, that is what they say.

They say woof woof woof woof, that is what they say.


When frogs get up in the morning, they always say g'day.

When frogs get up in the morning, they always say g'day.

They say ribbit ribbit ribbit ribbit, that is what they say.

They say ribbit ribbit ribbit ribbit, that is what they say.


When pigs get up in the morning, they always say g'day.

When pigs get up in the morning, they always say g'day.

They say oink oink oink oink, that is what they say.

They say oink oink oink oink, that is what they say.

(Change the animal and it’s sound for each verse)


I Went to Visit a Farm One Day

I went to visit a farm one day,


I saw a pig across the way,


And what do you think I heard it say?


Oink, Oink, Oink!



I went to visit a farm one day,


I saw a sheep across the way,


And what do you think I heard it say?


Baa, Baa, Baa!

(Change the animal and it’s sound for each verse)

 

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