Optional - Sharp scissors for adults only, to cut materials as desired
Skilly Spark: We’ve lost a few mittens this winter, haven’t we? Here’s a single one left from a pair. Why don’t make something with it so we don’t just throw it away? Look at the shape of it. Now slip it on your hand and move your thumb up, down and around. Who or what do you imagine that it could be? Let’s create a puppet so it can talk to us and tell us its story.
Take off the mitten and ask your little one to glue buttons or googly eyes to the mitten where the eyes will be.
They can also choose to glue a scrap piece of felt or another button to create a nose.
Does your puppet have ears or fur? Adults, if needed, cut out ears from felt. Your child can glue them on, plus yarn for hair or fur.
Or, dress your new friend with scraps of fabric to make a hat, a skirt, a coat, and so on.
Take a moment to let the mitten’s materials dry. Then, slip your new puppet onto your child’s hand and let it talk by moving their thumb up and down. Say what?!?
Keep the fun going
Where did their partner go? Make up a story about what your mitten would say and how it's feeling.
Puppet powwow! Make a mitten puppet for each hand and see what they will chit-chat about.
Ask your friends to find their stray, worn-out or outgrown mittens and have a puppet play group!