Last year I did a workshop for early childhood educators on using puppets in storytime. I wanted some fresh ideas to share, particularly ones that didn’t involve laying down $50 on a new puppet. When searching the wonders of Pinterest I stumbled upon this picture and I thought, “yes, that is something I can realistically make myself using things I already have and with my limited artistic ability.” Behold, spoon puppets!
We have a rhyming version of The Three Little Pigs that I thought would go perfectly with the spoon puppets. With the spoons I can get the kids to help me tell the story by having three volunteers be the pigs. It is kind of hard to hold four spoons at once! A rubberband, clip, foam board, or cup works if you want to use them solo.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 wooden spoons
- Acrylic paint (pink, grey, white)
- Foam (for the ears)
- Hot glue (to attach the ears securely)
- Black sharpie (to draw the faces)
- Markers (to add any details)
- Ribbon or string
When I used these with a group of 3 and 4-year-olds they were entranced. If you wanted to tell the original story, you could draw on the backs of the spoons too. I found this picture on Pinterest for inspiration.
I feel like it’s only right to make a whole set of animals now. Old MacDonald. The Seals on the Bus. When Cows Wake Up in the Morning. Who’s in the Barnyard? There Was a Crocodile. Little Bunny Foo Foo. Two Little Butterflies. The possibilities are endless!
Tell me about your homemade puppets and how you use them. I am ready to be inspired!