Monday, October 18, 2010

* Homemade Three Little Pigs Finger Puppet Set

"C" has been learning all about
fairy tales and classic children's stories  at preschool. 
The three favorites have been:
The Story of the 3 Little PigsThe 3 Little Kittens, and Little Red Riding Hood. 

She came home a few weeks ago reciting (in her little sweet voice),

"Not by the hairs of my chinny, chin, chin!" and,
"I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!" So....mama decided we needed to 
make some finger puppets 
to act out  the story of the three little pigs. 

(and no... I don't usually have a bunch of little chairs
and step stools in my art studio -- I'm painting  them for our Preschool's Silent Auction!) 

We used 
empty toilet paper tubes,
and sharpies. 

And of course, make sure you have a cat who needs attention to walk
all over your project while you're working!

We trimmed pink felt to fit on three of the tubes,
and one piece of this gray/brown felt to fit on the fourth tube.

Because I still don't have  a working glue gun, 
we spread glue on the felt and held it in place  with clothespins to dry. 

I drew three little pig heads with sharpie on stiff felt,
and a little wolf and a bushy tail on a piece of stiff gray felt.

Same technique, 
more glue and clothespins. 
If you have a glue gun this will go a lot faster!

Then, we built three little houses with blocks, lincoln logs, and legos
 and acted out our own story of the three little pigs. 

We may have to make some more permanent homes for our little piggy friends
with empty tissue boxes!
I could see these being used in the story corner of a preschool classroom or at home.
"C" wants to make a  Little Red Riding Hood set next.

pink and green mama


Georgine said...

Where do you find felt? I know that sounds like a non-question, but the stuff an JoAnns feels kind of creepy, cheapy and plastic-y. Yours seems nice and sturdy. Thanks! And love the puppets of course.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Georgine --

I get most of my felt at Michaels and mostly use the "Eco-Fi" brand. I'm not sure where the stiff felt came from since I swiped it from my parents' craft stash! ; )

Pink and Green Mama,

Michelle Willow said...

HI! Love how you created your little pigs! :) This post goes perfectly with our last week's theme, would you like to enter it into our weekly linky: http://best-toys-for-toddler.blogspot.com/2010/10/fun-with-toddlers-linky-party-book-or.html

Rhonda said...

I saw your finger puppets today, and I thought I would share our recent Halloween craft. We also used toilet tissue rolls.


I love reading your blog, and your ideas are very helpful.

Rhonda Brand

Elle Belles Bows said...

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing! Kerri

El said...

I love these!

Jackie H. said...

These are great. My son loves puppets. In fact, he asked me the other day, "Mommy make me some puppets?" So, I guess his wish can now come true! And he loves the Big Bad Wolf! bonus!

shawnangi said...

I just love your ideas and find your blog inspires my creative energy. I also have a 7 and 3 y/o (girl and boy though). I'm hoping you have a recommendation for fabric paint. We're doing a project with the Girl Scouts in November and I want to get supplies that will work well. Any recommendations would be great.
Angi (Williamsburg,VA)
PS-i tried to email you from your blog but the link wasn't working :(

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Shawnangi,

I'm not sure what kind of project you're doing or what kind of fabric you're working on.... felt, canvas bags, tshirts?

For felt I like to use Sharpies (permanent markers)
For canvas bags I like to use acrylic craft paint and not wash them!
For tshirts, I like to use Sharpies with rubbing alcohol to do the sharpie-tie-dye technique (search my archives from Rainbow Camp) or fabric paint from the craft store (but it's very expensive!)

Hope this helps and thanks so much for reading my blog. I'm sorry I took forever to write back. I couldn't find an email address for you.

pink and green mama

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