Rainy Day Activities for Babies
Sock and finger puppets
It’s raining just outside our widow with a heavy, gray overcast of clouds. So, it goes without saying that we won’t be pushing the stroller down a park path exploring the great outdoors like we would on a sun filled day. This gives this mama Bee a moment of pause – What are we going to do today?
Well, in the short span of mommy-hood time, we’ve come up with some awesome activities that my little Bean loves. Finger and sock puppets create a unique play time for your and your little one. Especially when you make them yourself. Doing so brings a special and personal touch to the toys and story time behind them.
Sock puppet play. Ever wonder what to do with those socks that have lost it’s partner? Grab a marker and some glue with googly eyes and make yourselves a homemade puppet that bubbles and wobbles to your little ones delight. Choose fun colors and various expressions for the puppets. Get creative with their hair and accessories. Throw some ratting ingredients (try small, dry pasta bits in a small hand made box, tiny bells, or other things that will make an interesting sound for your little one to enjoy. Your voice over talents will be put to a test as you give each one a personality and watch in delight as your little Bean lights up with excitement and curiosity. Here are some instructions on how to make your own sock puppet.
Finger puppet shows. Much like the sock puppet, it’s cousin the finger puppet is a fun way to get your digits to get some play and learning underway. They are also so easy to make that you can have all fingers covered in the time that it takes your little one to nap. You don’t need to rush out to the store to buy these. It’s much more fun to make your own. Be creative… start with some fabric like cotton or felt (you can even use old clothes or burp cloths that you may not be using anymore), collect ribbons, feathers, beads and gems, buttons and anything else that can be used as eyes, ears, hair, hats, accessories for your finger puppet. If your child is old enough you can even make this a game of reusing things around the house and making the old into the new.
Make Your Own Finger Puppet:
Supplies you’ll need:
- material (we used an old, ripped, cotton onsie that doesn’t fit Bean anymore)
- hot glue gun
- textured ribbon
- thread and needle
- sharpie marker
- a bit of yarn
- Fold the desired material in half and draw the body using your finger as a guide (make sure to give yourself a bit of room for sewing it together).
- Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the body shape (you’ll end up with front and back since you’ve folded the material as instructed in step one). You can pin your material to keep it from sliding around.
- Draw a nose and mouth on the front of the finger puppet.
- Put the puppet body with the outside facing in, thread your needle (I like to use double thread for extra strength) and sew around the edges leaving the bottom open (for the finger).
- Turn the puppet outside in.
- Glue the beads on for eyes.
- Now, use the beads, sparkles, flower petals and anything else you’ve prepared to get creative to give your puppet ears, hair, hands, outfits… whatever you can think of.
Here are the finger puppets I made for Bean:
Benefits of Puppet Play
Have you made your own? Me and Bean would love to see!!! Post them into the comments for some fun chatter and don’t forget to sing up for my newsletter just below.
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