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Creativity 521 #92 - Animal Sock Puppets

By A Happy Mum @A_Happy_Mum
I've been wanting to do these for a long time and was glad I finally managed to get out of the procrastination. I love that the materials are readily available in our house - old socks, felt, googly eyes, pom poms and yarn, and all I had to do was to hunt for them in the drawers or storage boxes. Yup, I find it an achievement that I actually managed to locate all of them.
Anyway, before we even got down to doing the craft, I could already foresee just how much the girls were gonna love these and all the fun and imaginative things they could do. I was just happy that I was right and they were so, so ecstatic with the finished product. What exactly did we do in this week's Creativity 521? Well, we made our own DIY Animal Sock Puppets.
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsWhat we used:
1) Old socks
2) Yarn
3) Pom poms
4) Googly eyes
5) Felt fabric in assorted colours
6) Scissors
7) Hot glue
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsFirstly, choose the animals that you want to make. Angel decided on a cat and pig while Ariel wanted a dog and rabbit. Select the felt colours you need for your animal and start to cut out the nose, ears, mouth and other facial features you wish to include. If your child has difficulty in cutting out the right shapes, use a pencil to outline it on the felt for them and let them cut accordingly.
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsArrange the pieces onto the sock and check if you are happy with the final look. It doesn't matter if your socks come in bright or weird colours, that will just make things more interesting! Just ensure that your child's hand can fit nicely into the sock, that's more important.
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppets
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsIt can be a little challenging to cut out felt so make sure that the scissors is sharp enough. While I let the big girl try cutting out shapes like circles and ovals, the little girl practised her cutting skills using just straight lines.
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppets
Next, we used yarn to make the whiskers! Ariel was thrilled that she could do this entirely on her own - find the end of the yarn, pull it out, cut, and repeat!
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsWe wanted droopy ears for the dog and upright ears for the bunny, so I used a single layer of felt for the former and double layers (the base felt was a thicker kind) for the latter. The girls were given total freedom in choosing the colours of felt, the color of the yarn and the kind of eyes they wanted for their puppets.
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsOnce you are happy with all the designs, it's time to stick them in place! The best way to do this, we realised after trying a couple, would be to use a glue gun. You will need an adult to help out with this as it can be a little challenging, and dangerous as well, for small kids to handle the hot glue.
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsYou can glue on the features onto an empty sock or if you prefer, let your kid wear the socks so that you know how best to position the features. For us, we did it while they were wearing the socks but we took extra caution not to press down too hard so that they would not feel the heat much. If I needed to press harder to secure a piece of felt, for instance for the bunny's ears and pig's snout , I would open up the sock more and insert my own finger to act as the base and protection.
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsHot glue dries up pretty fast so you'll have your puppets ready in no time! Tadah, how do you like our final sock puppets? The girls were really, really happy with how they turned out and couldn't wait to put on their first puppet show!
Creativity 521 #92 - Animal sock puppetsYesh, we spent the next hour just coming up with our own story and using the puppets to act it out. I was surprised that the two of them could get quite creative and say things that I wasn't expecting! First the four animal friends were in a farm, then they escaped to a city, next they went to Legoland, then they were at a dance party, they went down a giant slide, they saw a doctor and check this out, they even went to the supermarket to buy groceries. Haha. Oh well, definitely the kids of a stay-at-home mom.
Till the next Creativity 521! It's the last week of school before we break for the June holidays! Woohoo!

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