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)

Background:
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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