Recently my *youngest* daughter has been hounding me to start sewing again. We’ve done a few sewing projects in the past, mainly mini pillows or patching up ripped clothes (Daddy loved it when she stitched up his ripped pants…with pink thread lol), but I wasn’t sure what I should guide her to do next. I’m not a huge fan of hand sewing, and spending an hour bent over my daughter helping is not one of my favorite activities! She has been persistent in asking though, so I knew I would have to give her something soon.
Luckily one of my friends passed on the idea of making hand-sewn puppets.
I liked the idea, and it sounded fun for not just my kids but for me too! So we took a trip to Hobby Lobby and stocked up on felt. The first couple puppets my girls made were great, although they had trouble pulling the thread all the way through. I traded out the thread for embroidery floss, and it really helped. It’s thicker, so it’s easier for them to work with, and I’ve seen a lot of improvement since the switch!
Now the kids have been making puppets like crazy! It’s been great, because it’s an activity they can do independently, and I only have to help them occasionally. I made them some stencils, and they can use those to cut their own felt. They can also thread their own needles with the embroidery floss, and line the felt up to begin stitching.
One of my daughters made a dog she named “Pug” lol, and my other daughter made a cat simply named “Meow.” I love how kids get straight to the point.
After watching my kids do a few of these, they have really shown me the value in this type of hand work. Puppet making is artistic yet also presents the challenge of construction. First off, this puppet process is great eye-hand coordination, and second, they are really having to think about the construction of their puppet, and what to do if they make a mistake (develops problem solving skills). It’s been educational and fun at the same time, which is exactly the kind of project I like!
If you’re looking for a good activity for your kiddos, try making puppets! It doesn’t require a lot of materials, it’s easy, and it’s functional crafting. My kids love playing with their puppets, so it’s getting used instead of some of the other sewing projects that just sit around. As you can see in the picture above, my daughter loves entertaining her new little brother with the monkey puppet.
All in all, just a great craft:)