The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:
January is always a month filled with setting goals and reorganizing at our house. Over the holidays we sorted through a lot of clothes and toys and ended up donating a lot of the ones we don’t use regularly. As I went through all of our baby clothes I found tons of socks! Many of them were single white socks with no matches, so I put them aside and decided that we would keep them to make sock puppets this year!
Sock puppets are amazingly simple to make using materials you already have at your house.
Since it is winter and we’ve been doing a lot of snowman crafts (while wishing for snow), we decided to make snowmen sock puppets!
- googly eyes
- tacky glue
- cardstock or cardboard
- sticks or small twigs (optional)
To make these simple sock puppets, first cut out any shapes from the felt or fabric that you want to use as accessories (hats, scarves, etc.).
Next we used the tacky glue to start gluing buttons, googly eyes, yarn, cardboard, fabric, and felt onto the sock. I attempted to send my son outside on a twig hunt to find our snowmen some arms, but he was unsuccessful. I recommend that you add twigs to your snowmen or use toothpicks!
Once everything was glued on, we let the puppets dry and then we started playing with them!
My kids had fun re-enacting several of their favorite snowmen fingerplays and songs using the puppets, including Once there was a snowman and Frosty. We’ve also been reading several snowman books while we play with our puppets. No Time for Flashcards has a great list featuring several of our favorite snowmen books.
What else do you do with the extra socks you find around your house? Have you ever created something crafty with them?
|Kristina is a mom of 2 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.|