Yesterday, we reviewed some beautiful crocheted finger puppets which I found at a local craft sale. (I still have the vendor’s contact information, if anyone would like to place an order.)
However, a more accessible and still very affordable option exists with the Folkmanis Mini (Finger) Puppets. We have a fun activity that we will share with you tomorrow featuring several of these finger puppets, but the options with these cute little stuffies are truly endless. They can be used on nature tables (as they are not as big as a full-sized stuffed animal); to enhance story-telling; in creating puppet shows; and also be used in combination with 3-part cards or matching activities.
I loved using these cute mini puppets to teach Miss G some animal movements and incorporated them into our yoga study. This activity is also a great language enrichment, as we used descriptive adjectives that were specific to the individual animals — the mole burrowed, the owl swooped, the hedgehog waddled, etc.
The mini puppets are incredible in terms of quality. To be honest, given their low price points (some as low as $4), I was expecting them to be “representative of their price” and perhaps have a few shedding threads, lack detail, or have other small detractors. I can honestly say that they were beautifully detailed, have held up to constant use extremely well, and the only sign of noticeable wear is on the owl puppet, whose faux-suade claws have curled a bit with age but could probably be ironed flat. They are wonderfully textured, and extremely easy to clean.
There are also full-sized or character puppets available, again at very reasonable prices, but we have just stuck to buying the finger puppets for now. If we do get a full-sized puppet, I am seriously loving the Snowy Owl Hand Puppet (US link), and am already picturing incorporating it into reading the Harry Potter series to Miss G. (Is three years old too early for Harry Potter…?) I am definitely planning on getting the remaining puppets needed to have her help me act out The Wind in the Willows, and I am saving this beautiful butterfly for one of our Spring units.
How would you use these mini puppets?
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