Every week at my school we have a new theme. Last week our theme was Kings, Queens, and Knights. The students had a lot of fun. We drew castles, we made King and Queen Puppets on a stick, and we talked about knights, and jousting, and … dragons!
The students really liked the dragons. We happened to have a guest come in to do a craft with the students. She read a story about Dragons, and then did a sock puppet dragon craft with the kids. It was super easy and the kids enjoyed it immensely so I thought I would share it with you.
Items you will need include:
Socks, wiggly eyes, shoelace, foam in assorted colors (for dragons wings and tongue), and beads.
The instructions can be (and in my case) have been modified for age level and ability of the child.
- First pick out a sock that you like.
- Pick out a color of foam for the wings, and a color of foam for the flames. If you have the child draw out one wing you can fold the foam in half when you cut it to get 2 wings that are the same. They may decorate the wing if they wish. (*Note: Magic marker does not adhere to the foam very well, it ended up all over the kids hands.) The sample the teacher brought had a nice sparkly line of paint highlighting areas of the wings. Also you can draw and cut out two colors for the flames or just one.
- Next take your shoelace and tie a knot in one end. String about 10 beads on the shoelace. This is for the dragon’s tale. You can have more or less if you wish.
- And that’s it. Adult help is needed for the next part as it involves a hot glue gun.
- Have the adult put the sock on their hand.
- 2 eyes get glued on at the end of the sock. Just above the toe seam. Now twist hand. The heel side should be up and you glue the flames just about where you fingers meet your palm.
- Flip hand back over and wings go on each side a bit above your wrist.
- Next flip your hand over to attach the tail. A few inches above the wings (about 3-4) push the hard plastic part of the shoelace though the sock. Carefully make a knot on the end (on the inside). This keeps the tail from slipping off.
- And voila… You have a dragon. ROAR….
I hope you and your family enjoy making this project as much as my class did.
As a teacher there are many reasons to use puppets both inside and outside of the classroom. Some of these include attracting and capturing the attention of children. They help stimulate the imagination. Puppets are an excellent teaching method as they are both visual and interactive.
I decided that it would be fun to create Old MacDonald’s farm out of finger puppets, and in honor of my friend Anna “Hillbilly” VonWart, I decided that a goat would be first.
I started with a sketch.
I cut out the sketch and traced onto the felt.
I cut out some of the basic shapes that made up the goats face out of contrasting felt. I used dark blue for the stripe down the forehead, the nose area, and the beard.
Next I cut out the goats horns from a golden color.
I used some extra colors (maroon) for the nostril area.
Then I began to stitch around the beard, nose, and stripe on the goats head. Also up along the sides.
To make the eyes I used 4 ply thickness of embroidery floss, made a knot and then sewed over to the left, over to the right and continued until the eye was as large as wanted it to be. Tied off.
I continued up and around the goat, inserting the horns, and continued down the other side.
All in all he turned out quite well.
My next animals will include sheep, chickens, and cows. Hopefully I will soon have a menagerie of animals (sheep finger puppet, goat finger puppet, chicken finger puppet, cow finger puppet) for my students to enjoy.