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How to make finger puppets by using homemade materials

Puppet shows can add dramatic flair to learning literature. Bilingual preschoolers can have fun making paper puppets to learn new Spanish words. What theme can you use for this activity? Any theme can work but using rabbits and Easter eggs can add fun to the project.

To show children about the importance of storytelling, this activity shows them that they can tell stories or events by using finger puppets. If you already have one, use a flannel board as the puppet stage. If you don’t, just simply use the back of a sofa.

Also, you can place 2 chairs side by side and cover it with a blanket. And you can have the children show the family members this delightful story about 2 cute Easter bunnies and how they share their Easter egg. Have fun and enjoy the show.

In this simple project, we will be making 2 Easter bunny puppets and 1 Easter egg. This is a fun activity for preschoolers to learn about cooperation and literacy.

 Finger puppets using homemade materials

Materials needed are:

  • Color construction paper
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Sparkly stickers, various faux gems
  • Cotton balls
  • Colored pom-pom
  • Crayons or markers
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue
  • Adhesive tape

Instructions:

  1. Place the various sequins and sparkly faux gems on paper plates.
  2. Scatter the pieces to select the desired shapes. Set aside.
  3. Print the Easter bunny and egg patterns. Tip: use various color paper for bunny and eggs.
  4. Cut the patterns out. Set aside.
  5. Color the eggs or paste some sparkles on them. Set aside.
  6. Paste wiggly eyes to each bunny face with glue.
  7. Paste on the top of a craft stick. Set aside.
  8. Grab some cotton balls and fluff it as much as possible. Tip: you may need several cotton balls.
  9. Paste the fluffed cotton balls onto the middle of a craft stick.
  10. Paste the feet at the bottom of the craft stick. Repeat for the second bunny.
  11. Add pom-pom or sparkles to the cotton belly of the bunnies.
  12. Add sparkles or stickers to the eggs. Tip: if you have enough shapes of sparkles, follow the pattern in each egg.

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Use these finger puppets in the following fun rhyme:

Easter Bunnies

(follow ‘Where Is Thumbkin?’ tune in English or ‘Pulgarcito’ tune in Spanish)

Where is (your child’s name)?

Where is (your child’s name)?

¿Dónde está (nombre del niño/niña)?

Here I am.

Here I am.

Aquí estoy. 

How are you today, ma’m (or sir)?

Very well, thank you. 

¿Cómo estás hoy, señora (señor)?

Muy bien, gracias. 

Hop away

Hop away

Salta, ahh.

Where is Easter Egg?

Where is Easter Egg?

¿Dónde está huevito de Pascua?

Here it is. 

Here it is. 

Aquí está.

Have a Happy Easter!

Have a Happy Easter!

Tengas Felices Pascuas, ahhh.

Same to you. 

Share with all. 

También a tí.

Comparte con todos.

Have fun practicing the lyrics in this rhyme. And the more you practice the better at rhyming children will be. Because rhyming stimulates sound patterns, children will tend to associate new vocal sounds with rhyming. This is a great way to introduce new word sounds.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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