Why kids love puppets is still a mystery to me. They know that it’s my finger doing the movements and my mouth making the funny voice. Yet, they think it is hilarious!
I’ve figured out how to use their fascination with puppets to motivate them to learn! I’ll show you how to make some simple finger puppets with a Pom Tree Kids craft set and give you this super secret motivational trick.
My youngest daughter Emma was so excited to open her new craft kit. She was about to rip into it, but I told her I had to take a picture first 🙂
DIY Finger Puppets
First, the girls colored and decorated their puppet bug shapes with markers and stickers. I loved the fact that no glue was needed for any of the decorations! Even the pompoms were easy to stick on.
Next, I helped the girls wrap a fuzzy pipe cleaner around their fingers to hold their puppets.
Then we attached the pipe cleaners to the back of their bug puppets with tape to hold them in place.
It was that easy! Emma started to play with them right away; making them talk and sing to each other.
I let them play with their puppets until nap time, but I frequently pull them out for learning-time.
I tell them, “Mister Smarty bug needs help learning his numbers (letters, or even how to set the table). Can you be his teacher?” Mister Smarty Bug will try really hard, but most of the time he gets the answers wrong and needs someone really smart to show him the right way.
With a little silliness thrown in, Mister Smarty Bug becomes a powerful teaching and motivating tool.
Pom Tree Kids also sent us some amazing Play House Craft Kits that promote problem solving and creative play.
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