76+ DIY Finger Puppets Instruction, Printable Templates and Patterns
Finger puppets would hold suitable for any occasion, be it while cuddling your little munchkin to bed with his favorite stories, or even entertaining your guests with a unique presentation during Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Here are some fantastic tutorials to make finger puppets at home.
The tale of a king and the queen along with their prosperous kingdom would be a fantastic bedtime fairytale to lull your little one to bed. You can embellish the king and the queen with beads or glitters for a gorgeous effect.
While teaching your kiddo the finger family song, you can make finger puppets of your family members and also include pets if you have any, to combine learning with fun for her.
Give your kid the liberty to color or design “Mommy”, “Daddy” and other members of the family as he/she wishes.
You can make a black cat if you are planning to do it for Halloween.
If you are looking for something easy and quick, then this cat puppet made from paper would be your perfect pick.
Your little one would be amazed to hear a cat and dog’s tale, while the puppets of both animals would help you give a live demonstration.
While entertaining your kid with the farm stories or telling him about the cat-mouse tale these puppets would come handy.
Teaching preschoolers about the animal world using finger puppets would not only fasten the learning process but also help in enhancing language development.
The fox, owl, and hedgehog would fit comfortably into the leaf envelope.
Your finger itself would do all the magic here sans any material. Check out the tutorial to see the several wonders you can do by merely using your finger.
If you intend to create something funny without making it long and tedious, then all you need to do is draw funny designs on your fingers with a pen as shown in the image below. Besides the funny ones, you can also try out a sad or angry look by sketching a grumpy face using a pen.
If you are planning a superhero theme for your son’s birthday, then a small skit based on the favorite superheroes of the kids would be a great idea.
Children would find finger puppet making more convenient with this template in hand.
After downloading the template, the remaining is about stitching and gluing the felt.
With Christmas around the corner, if you are planning a script of nativity then this unicorn finger puppet is undoubtedly going to be of help.
If your kid is obsessed with Frozen, then make an Olaf or Elsa or any of his favorite character in the form of a finger puppet, so that he may have a whale of a time in fantasizing with them.
With all of Old Mc Donald’s farm animals, your little one would sing the song with greater zeal.
From animals to vegetables or fruits, as well as flowers, you can make anything with felt after you have downloaded the template. If you are teaching your kiddo variety of fruits and vegetables or trying to make your fussy child eat by telling him exciting veggie tales, you can make finger puppets as shown in the image below by following instructions of the above tutorial.
As you teach your toddler the Moo sound, these cow puppets would be of immense aid.
These Despicable Me fictional creatures would look fantastic when made into small puppets. Crocheting is not a cakewalk, but if you have mastered the art of it, then you can make a whole lot of such interesting characters.
If your child is in awe, after watching the famous movie Jurassic Park and wants to know more about these age-old creatures, make dinosaur puppets to help them understand these extinct animals better.
If you want your kiddo to take charge of the DIY all by himself, then you can make it easier for him by taking out a printable of a dinosaur and asking him to create a cutout of it. Color them in green, with two holes punched at the bottom for the little one’s fingers to fit in.
Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Ernie, Grover, or Kermit the Frog, your kid would love them all. Taking a cue from the Elmo tutorial, you can create the entire Sesame Street gang for your kid to cherish.
You can arrange for a puppet show on any of the Harry Potter series on the occasion of Halloween. If you find crocheting to be tedious, then you may make the puppets using felt or even just cardboard that would require simple gluing.
Besides creating the proper pattern, the remaining steps would be the same as the given tutorial for creating the famous Salad Finger, the character of the British animation series of the same name or even Hubert Jason Cumberdale. Try to make Salad finger’s hunch back for a realistic effect.
If your son swears by Star Wars and has an undying fascination for Darth Vader and Yoda, then recreate them into attractive finger puppets.
These origami instructions would help you in creating an impressive puppet of this human robot of the Star Wars franchise.
While creating the Star War family puppet, you cannot afford to miss the legendary Chewbacca or Chewie. The template given below would make your task easier. You can make the R2D2 character similarly.
The boy-girl pair knitted beautifully may be an excellent plaything for your son and daughter who would indulge in mimicking each other.
Making a finger puppet of your video game that all of you love playing to the fullest would indeed be great
If you are willing to make a finger puppet of Goldilocks and the Three Bears with felt, follow the instructions of the tutorial below, the only difference being that you would need to design the faces of the bears and the little girl, for which the following template would come of help.
Your kiddo can also make a simple brown grizzly bear puppet or even his favorite Winnie the Pooh, with the help of this template. All he needs to do is to color the bear brown and then punch two holes in it so that it may comfortably slip into his fingers.
These adorable finger puppets would be lovable playthings for your children. Pipe cleaners, which are used to make them, give the dolls flexibility. You can use various colored pipe cleaners to create a host of animals or birds like brown for a monkey, green for parrot or a grey one for a squirrel.
If you are looking for something simple and easy-to-make, this one would be apt for you.
If you are teaching your preschooler “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” then this tutorial would be of great aid to you. You can even a cutout of a mommy monkey and the doctor to make the presentation an interesting one.
These cute monkey templates would help your preschooler to learn about these jungle animals more efficiently.
Another nursery rhyme your munchkins would like to sing along is Itsy Bitsy Spider. You can make puppets of the sunshine too while explaining how it dried the wet spider.
If you want to create a scary spider for Halloween, take out a printable, color it black, add two beads to make its eyes, make two holes at the side, and there you have a spider finger puppet at hand.
If you want to design a ladybug, then you can go for a red stock paper, with small black dots on it.
On the auspicious occasion of Seder, you can educate your children about the 10 plagues that the Egyptian pharaoh had been threatened of by the divine almighty if he did not release the Jewish slaves (blood, frog, lice, wild animals, death of cattle, boils, hail and thunder, locusts, darkness, death of first born). If you have many kids coming over for the occasion, you can make each one of them enact a particular plague. Taking a cue from the following tutorial, you would be able to make plague finger puppets. You could obviously change your ideas while showing the various kinds of plagues.
The different decorations of the Dickie birds give them a unique look. You can also choose yellow and red for a combination with a green beak.
If you find crocheting a little tough, then a simple finger puppet from the template would be easier for you.
While telling your kid the fairy tale of Three Billy Goats and Gruff, you can enact the story using finger puppets, following instructions from the above tutorial. You may also make one using paper, by creating the design from the templates or printables.
Rather than discarding your old gloves, you can stitch puppets onto them. Green gloves with puppets of Santa Claus, Christmas tree, and Snowman, would be ideal for Christmas.
The mummies and Dracula would all be ideal for a perfect Halloween celebration. You can also make puppets of pumpkin, Jack’ O Lantern and Sally to grace the occasion.
If you want just a pumpkin, then do not make the eyes and nose.
You can also team your scary Zombie with a witch, goblin or werewolf.
Princess, Snow White, Belle or Jasmine, Rapunzel, you can make puppets of the whole gang and place them in a pretty bag, for your little girl to cherish. Besides the Disney princesses, if you decide to enact Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood’s story, then you would need to make all the characters of these tales. The method would be similar to the ones shown in the given tutorial.
With Christmas knocking at the door, you can include the nativity finger puppets as a part of the decorations.
While telling your toddler the story of a mighty elephant at bedtime, these finger puppets would make the session more interesting.
If you decide to get a full-sized picture of the jungle animal, then this template would be the one suited for you. Give your kids the liberty to color the elephant with their favorite shades.
Instead of a sock, you can stitch SpongeBob onto your gloves for finger puppets.
You can make black spectacles using paper if you are making the puppets for the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice.”
If you intend to make puppets for the bride and the groom to commemorate your best friend’s wedding, you can do it the same way as shown in the tutorial above, using gloves. You would need white gloves for the bride, black for the groom and colored ones in case you want to add the flower girl or bridesmaids.
As you sing the Jingle Bells song, having Father Christmas on your fingers would make your presentation a musical one. The Santa Claus template in this tutorial would be useful for kids if they are trying their hands in making this finger puppet.
Besides Santa Claus, these snowmen puppets would also thrill your kiddo to the fullest.
Replace the pipe cleaners with paper, while the remaining process being the same. Taking out a printable of the bee would make your job an easier one.
Along with the bumblebee comes the ladybug. Your kiddo would be elated to have it on his finger while singing the ladybug song.
You can make an alligator finger puppet in the same way, only with a wider mouth.
These colorful butterflies would be helpful enough while acquainting your preschooler about its life. You can even make a caterpillar puppet if you intend to speak of its life cycle.
If you want your frog to frown, then you can omit the red strip.
Have your little one to color this template, cut two holes at the bottom, lo and behold! You have a frog finger puppet at hand.
The three pigs and the wolf sitting on your fingers would delight your toddler. If you do not desire to get into this tedious process, a template of the pigs and wolf will make your task easier.
The following tutorial gives you instruction to make the Peppa Pig family using rubber gloves. You can also make the Peppa family using felt as shown in the picture below.
You can even create a small basket with felt and attach it to its side if you want to make it for Easter.
Besides the bunny, you can have your kids holding colorful Easter eggs puppets. All you need to do is take out the printables, shape them, color the eggs and make two holes for your fingers to fit in or even attach a stick.
You can add polka dots or various designs on the body to make it look like a real snake.
You can even print templates of prince and princesses if you are looking for a perfect fairy tale.
You can also create the famous dragon of the noted animated movie Room on the Broom, along with other characters like the cat, witch, dog, frog, and bird as shown in the image below.
While planning a skit of the famous story Gruffalo, you should even create puppets of the renowned mouse’ predators like the snake, owl, and fox.
Besides the turkey, you can also design puppets of pilgrims and Native Americans by taking the help of templates.
You can also make a full set of other jungles animals like tiger, elephant, and wolf. You can even recreate Simba’s tale from the famous Disney film Lion King. In that case, the manes would be brown and the body of a deep yellow color.
Following the given crochet pattern, you can create the entire Wizard of Oz family, including Dorothy, her uncle and aunt, her dog Toto, and the wizard.
You can add colored buttons or beads in the middle.
You can also make a big mother duck along with the five little ones. If you have your toddler trying his hand at making the finger puppet, download 5 duck printables, allow him to color them as he desires, and all you have to do is sing along.
When you have Humpty Dumpty, why should Jack and Jill be left behind! Entertain your little one with this popular rhyme for which you can simply color the printable template as shown in the picture below.
Taking directions from the given link, you can make a cute Humpty Dumpty finger puppet.
You can make its neck a little longer to give it the typical giraffe look. The printable template would make your task a mere cakewalk.
If your kid is a ninja turtle freak, then these finger puppets would delight him to the fullest.
You can make a replica of your family or even your kid’s friends.
You can go use various colors to illustrate the different varieties of fish like orange for clownfish, blue for gourami and so on.
Following the same procedure, you can also opt for a finger puppet of the famous toothed whale with a mammoth tusk, narwhal. Take out the printables for the design. The big white tusk would be its specialty.
A stitched dolphin finger puppet can also be made similarly just like the fish.
While teaching your children alphabets, these finger puppets would come of aid to make the learning process an enjoyable one. The tutorial has links to the printables and patterns while the rest is about stitching the felt together.
The cap fitted on its back is indeed an innovative approach.
These eight-legged creatures, as well as the squid, would be a delight to make as your child learns about a host of species.
While teaching your kid about flightless birds, try making puppets out of them to make the learning process easy. You can even take out templates of other flightless birds like kiwi, emu, and ostrich and similarly make puppets.
When you are narrating Santa Claus’ story to kids, you cannot obviously miss out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Deer for which a template would be sufficing and easy.
You can make puppets with anything you please like cardboard, paper, wood, plastic or rubber. The list of finger puppets seem to be never-ending as apart from the tutorials mentioned above, you can also take out templates or printables and create anything under the son like Mickey Mouse and other members of the Disney family, members of the Marvel comic family like Captain America, Hulk, Thor or Avengers, a whole lot of inmates of the animal kingdom like the llama, donkey kangaroo or koala as well as eminent personalities like William Shakespeare, Sigmund Freud and Abraham Lincoln.
Published on January 13th 2018 by Miranda Gibbs