Optional - Scissors, for adults to poke holes for pipe cleaners
Skilly Spark: So, what do we use these cups for? What shapes can you see on them? Do you think a cup would fit on your hand, maybe one cup fits on each hand? Well, try it on. Now, let’s create a puppet out of that cup! Would it be an animal or a person? What kind of puppet you’d like to make? Ok, let’s make them together!
Give your child a cup and turn it upside down.
Using markers or crayons, ask your child to draw a face on the cup. They can hold the cup in place with one hand and draw with the other. Or, they can put the cup on their hand and draw with the other, whichever works best for them. The markers will take a few seconds to dry. If the markers get a bit smudgy, adults can easily wipe those smudges away with a finger.
If you’ve chosen to use scraps of paper and fabric in addition to -or- instead of drawing materials, your child can glue them on to create eyes, eyebrows, a nose, and a mouth.
Adults, poke holes where your child says they should be. Then, stick in pipe cleaners for a person-puppet’s arms or for animal legs, ears or even horns!
If your child feels they want to make their puppet even more complete, continue adding fun details such as yarn for hair or more pieces of fabric to make clothes.
Now give it a few minutes to dry … And let’s put our puppets on our hands again and get to playing!
Keep the fun going
It’s a family affair! Design a cup puppet for each member of your unique family.
Does your cup puppet have a story to tell? Ask your preschooler to tell you about their puppet-friend's story and to act it out as they share it with you.
Throw a preschool puppet making & listening party. Let each little one take a turn to tell all about their special puppet-friend.