Freedom Friends Puppets
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 6 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
Friends come in all colors and sizes! Teach kids about diversity and freedom with these cute little Freedom Friends puppets. A perfect project for Martin Luther King Day!
What you'll need:
- Jumbo craft sticks (1 for each puppet)
- Mini craft sticks (2 for each puppet)
- Construction paper in various colors
- Small wiggle eyes (2 for each puppet)
- Craft paint: peach or flesh, brown, light brown, sunflower or light tan
- Chenille stems in black and brown
- White craft glue and hot glue gun
- Black Sharpie marker
How to make it:
- Paint jumbo craft sticks and mini craft sticks with brown, flesh, light brown and sunflower, set aside to dry.
- Using colorful construction paper, cut out simple t-shirts and bottoms.
- Glue 2 wiggle eyes on each jumbo craft stick.
- To make curly hair, cut chenille stem into 4 pieces. Wrap each piece tightly around the handle of a small paintbrush. Remove and gently pull to stretch out a little. For looser curls, stretch out more.
- Use hot glue gun to attach hair to each puppet.
- Use white craft glue to add clothing. Glue the blue bottoms on first and the shirt should overlap that.
- Turn over and glue arms to the back of the jumbo craft stick, be sure to line them up with the shirt sleeves.
- When dry, turn back over and draw on smiles and dot on a nose with the black marker.
- You can purchase craft sticks of all sizes at your local craft supply store.
- If you like, decorate the clothing and hair with ribbons, bows, buttons and other embellishments.
- For a simpler hair option, simply cut out from construction paper and glue in place.