How to Make a Tongue Depressor Puppet

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Indoors
Skills: Art, Social/Emotional

What you'll need:
Tongue Depressors or popsicle sticks
Double-stick tape
Scraps of fabric, yarn, ricrac, lace
Colored markers
Pipe cleaners (optional)

These small puppets call for plenty of attention to detail. Their minisize will help young children develop their fine-motor skills.

Setting up:
Draw the face of the puppet on the tongue depressor.

Cut fabric for clothes and attach with double-stick tape. Add details, such as a belt, tie, or collar by gluing on yarn and ricrac.

Draw hair with markers or glue on yarn hair.

Add arms with strips of fabric or pipe cleaners.

What to do:
Help your children act out stories with the puppets. They can be make-believe stories or role-playing games that pertain to situations within the family. Role-playing with puppets is an effective way to help children express their feelings. It's often easier for kids to express anger or fear through a puppet than it is to confront a problem head on. But by using the puppets, you can help show them how they can handle difficult situations in the future.

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