I cannot believe it's already halfway through January. This past holiday season flew. Thanksgiving sprang up on me, and then Christmas - I was still running around buying gifts a few days prior, which is really unlike me.
Now that it's a new year, I'm getting back to my old ways and getting myself organized ahead of time. There's so just so much unnecessary stress when you are running behind.
That being said, I've already been working on this year's Valentine's Day crafts! Wahoo!
And, this is a good one - Valentines finger puppets!
They are so simple and so cute - it's the perfect Valentine's activity for kids. Not to mention, I made them from scrap materials.
My son is a little obsessed with nursery rhymes - Wheels on the Bus, Hot Cross Buns, and most recently a song called "The Finger Family," which essentially uses finger puppets for family members. He sings it probably about 50 times a day.
The other day he took off all the marker caps and placed them on his fingers and started singing "Mommy Finger, Mommy Finger, Where are you?"
Before I chimed in with, "Here I am, Here I am, How do you do? (I'm not helping the obsession), I realized he needed some real finger puppets.
I thought about using photos and using our family - or just drawing some pictures with him - but then I thought I could tie it into a fun Valentine's Day activity.
For the finger puppets, it would have been super simple to use the fingers on a pair of gloves - but gloves are way too precious around here.
So, I used my go-to material - felt.
I was determined to use all scraps for this project - and I successfully did so. I didn't spend a penny.
Here are the materials:
I used just one sheet of felt for all ten fingers. I liberally traced my pointer finger eight times and my thumb twice.
I then cut slits in between each of the traced fingers, so I could quickly fold them up (to be double sided) after I hot glued them. This worked like a charm.
Here's a picture I quickly snapped of going over the outline with hot glue - and then folding it up.
Next, I cut off the excess felt. This took a little patience, since the glue/outline was inside. I roughly cut them and then ended up putting my pinky finger in each puppet and then carefully cutting off any additional excess.
I now had one hand ready to go :)
At this point, my son was begging to play with them. He was so excited about the finger puppets that I didn't have the heart to say no.
So, I gave him these five and decided to make a second hand.
After both hands were done, it was time to get creative with heart-shaped animals.
I used a small cookie cutter to get the shape of the heart perfect and consistent for all of the fingers. It worked out really well :)
Before I knew it, I had a frog, chicken, penguin, panda, fox, lady bug, fish, fox, bunny, and a dog/mouse that was originally a bear.
You can see in the top of the picture (below) that I used garage sale stickers to put some quick faces on the puppets while my son waited for the animals.
You can be as creative as you like with the animals. Aside from the cookie cutter, I cut the rest of the hearts freehand. One of those heart paper punches would have been perfect for this - but I was determined to make this a no-cost project :)
I also had some heart stickers lying around, but I liked using the card stock colors and patterns. I put some googly eyes on the lady bug - they were a little big - but it shows how you can incorporate some other crafty materials, too.
After, the animals were done, I hot glued each to a finger puppet - and voila! We had an Animal Finger Family.
My favorite is the chicken. It turned out so cute :)
Here are a few more close-ups:
For longevity, you could laminate the animals (before the googly eyes and before gluing to the finger puppet) either with a home laminator or using packaging tape.
I've used both, and each works well :)
And my son, well he LOVED these puppets. Needless to say, all we've been hearing is "Froggie finger, Froggie finger, where are you?"
And of course, we keep the song going :)
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