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Almost anything slipped over your fingertip can make a puppet try making faces on a paper cup, or a ball.
Put a cloth napkin over your hand first to give the puppet some clothes.
A toilet paper tube can be used vertically for a soldier or other figure, or horizontally for a dragon or other long animals.
Just put the tube over your finger to make it move.
Make a drawing of an animal or person and glue it to the end of a Popsicle stick.
You can draw hair or make the hair more interesting using curled paper.
Cut out photographs of members of the family or friends and glue them to sticks.
You can act out real family events.
A simple puppet can be made from an old sock by adding hair and eyes.
Put your thumb in the heel and your fingers in the toe of the sock to make the mouth.
For a fancier version cut a plastic lid in half and then tape it together to make a hinge. Glue this mouth in place at the toe end of a sock. This makes a great dragon.
Paper Bag Puppets:
Take a lunch size paper bag and draw a face on the flap at the bottom of the bag.
Glue on hair, ears or other features. Put your hand inside the bag.
Move the flap up and down to make the puppet talk.
To make an owl glue or draw eyes under the flap.
Draw eyelids and eyelashes on the flap. Add wings, ears and feet.
When you move the flap up and down the owl will blink.
Making a Stage for the Puppets:
Hide behind the back of a couch.
Use the edge of a table covered with a tablecloth or turn a table on its side on the floor.
Make a puppet theatre out of a large cardboard box (appliance size). Cut a window for the puppets. Operate the puppets from inside the box.
Note: This dough doesn't stay soft as long as the cooked recipes.
Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water.
To add color, divide the dough into sections, then knead in food coloring (liquid or paste). Kids love making the white play dough change colors. Use unsweetened Kool-Aid for color and scent. Add glitter for sparkly play dough.
Make a batch of gingerbread cookies. Read the story while they bake.
Click here for an easy recipe.
Play “hibernation” pretend to be one of the animals you have researched. Curl up and “sleep” and then wake up HUNGRY for snack time!
Five Little Bells
Five little bells hanging in a row. (Hold up 5 fingers)
The first one said, “Ring me slow.” (Move thumb slowly)
The second one said, “Ring me fast.”(Wiggle index finger)
The third one said, “Ring me last.” (Move middle finger)
The fourth one said, “I’m like a chime.” (Move ring finger.)
And the fifth one said, “Ring us all. It It’ss Christmastime!”
(Wiggle all 5 fingers)
Create quite a fizzle by mixing baking soda/sodium bicarbonate with vinegar.
You need the following:
How to do the experiment:
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