424 - Rhyme Time
"Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed to see such a sight and the dish ran away with the spoon." What a charming nursery rhyme, and what a great bunch of characters! Put the two together, and you have a wonderful project to do with your kids: finger puppets. This project would work for virtually any nursery rhyme that has a lot of different characters.
- felt (in various colours)
- hot glue gun
- sewing machine
- pinking shears (or regular scissors)
- googly eyes (or buttons)
Place your finger (or your child's) onto a piece of felt, and, using a marker, draw an outline around it.
Fold the felt in half, run a sewing machine along it, clip off the bottom, turn it inside out, and you will have the form for the finger puppet.
Using scissors and glue, decorate finger puppet sleeves with appropriately shaped/coloured pieces of felt (i.e. red felt for a mouth).
Glue a pair of googly eyes onto each figure (buttons also work nicely).
A great thing about this project is that felt is so easy to work with, being so plush. Another nice thing is that a lot of it can be done with stuff you have lying around the house, such as fabric from a past project.
By the time the dish gets ready to run away with the spoon, you will be left with a fun little crew of nursery rhyme friends. When you place all the finger puppets on your fingers, your kids will be mesmerized as you "act" out the rhyme for them. What a wonderful tribute to this classic nursery rhyme!