Make stick puppets for a great treat for your kids. Instead of spending a lot of money on toys that will soon be discarded when the next big thing comes along, spend some quality time with your kids making something meaningful. Not only will this give you time to bond with your children, but it will leave them with a toy to treasure. Since the toy will have meaning, it's sure to become a family favorite!
Things You'll Need
- Long Tube Socks
- Empty Soup Can
- Can Opener
- Hot Glue
- 1/4 Inch Dowel
- Plastic Eyes (or Buttons to Use as Eyes)
- Faux Fur
- Styrofoam Ball
Divide up the tube socks so everyone has one sock.
Take your dowel, and cut it in half. Push it into the styrofoam ball, and hot glue it in.
Now take your styrofoam ball, and gently work it up into the sock until it is at the top (or, in this case, the toe of the sock). You may need to re-glue your dowel if it gets loose.
Take your empty and clean can (it can be soup size or peach can size, as long as it fits) and, using a can opener, remove the bottom. Using a special opener that eliminates the sharp edges is recommended.
Place the can inside the sock at the entrance. Wrap the edge of the suck up and under the can, then hot glue it in.
Now add decoration. You can add hair with faux fur, and attach eyes with buttons or plastic eyes. Create clothes with fabric.
Have fun and be creative as you create characters.
Wait for all the glue to dry. Try it out. You can create a myriad of different reactions. Experiment and play with the stick puppets with your children.
Tips & Warnings
- Scan magazines and comics for pictures of faces to mimic with your puppets.
- Make sure there is proper supervision when working with a hot glue gun.
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