How to Make a Simple Sock Puppet
The weather’s heating up here in Southern California. We’re fortunate to live just a mere 20-minute drive above the valley below because temperatures easily pass 100 degrees daily in the summer. As you climb the mountain, you literally watch the temperature gauge in the car drop degree by degree, till you arrive at home. A decent 15-20 degrees cooler simply because we’re at 5,000 feet.
But it still gets hot up here in the mountains.
And the hot weather honestly makes me crave a serious siesta or an ice-cold mocha! So, to keep myself awake a few days ago, we dumped out the old bag of socks, a jar of buttons, needle and embroidery floss, and started imagining….
HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE SOCK PUPPET
As long or short as you’d like.
(We spent a good hour making our sock puppets. Child-led, parent-assisted.)
NOTE: If you need a tutorial for sewing with children, visit here.
Age 2 and up.
This activity hones fine motor skills and develops the imagination.
(MY KIDS: My 2-1/2-year-old was able to select buttons for the puppet, use a threaded needle to practice sewing on her sock, and then awaited my fixing of things before playtime. My 4-1/2-year-old made her puppet from start-to-finish, with help sewing on the buttons (new to her) and tying knots.)
notes: It’s pretty easy to find most of these items around your home. Small kid’s socks can make small puppets (which fit small hands very well, I might add). And even if you do all the sewing, your child can still be a part of selecting all of the pieces for this fun project.
4. OK, buttons selected. Now, thread your needle. This requires a bit of patience and plenty of determination. Don’t forget, a quick taste of that thread to wetten it does wonders for the process. It’s also my girls’ favorite part of sewing!
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