Making puppets

This puppet making activity combines reading with playing and crafts.

This activity gets your child to choose something they like, make it, then play with it.

First, you’ll need:

  • A book your child likes
  • Paper and crayons
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Lollipop sticks or straws or an old spoon

Now time to make your puppets:

Step 1: Ask your child to choose a character or object they like from the book.

Step 2: Get them to draw a picture of it, help them cut it out and stick it to the lollipop stick (or whatever you’re using as the stick for your puppet).

Step 3: Read the book aloud and encourage your child to use the puppet when the character or object appears.

Good to know

Playing with puppets can help children work through and understand emotions.