This is my second attempt at making sock puppets. Lucky you because, I'm going to share with you the things I've learned.
- Use SEW-ON EYES! If you don't use this kind of eyes, in a matter of minutes, your glued on eyes will start to fall off and as you'll see in the photo below, the children love the wobbly eyes.
- Use a light weight cardboard like a gift box to make the mouth out of (as pictured below). The mouth needs to be an oval shape about as big as your hand.
- Cut the white felt for the mouth a little larger than the oval cardboard.
- Cut out a long, narrow, red tongue and sew the tongue in place onto the center of the white felt mouth .(I used a zig zag stitch and sewed these in place with my sewing machine.)
- With tacky glue, glue the mouth felt onto the cardboard. Allow the glue to dry.
- After cutting the sock (as pictured below) baste the felt mouth to the sock. Make sure the tongue is on the bottom of the mouth. The top of the bird is the "heel" up side.
- Then with a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine stitch all the way around the mouth.
- Cut out a couple of wings from felt and sew these onto the side of the sock right below the heel.
- Cut out a smaller tail feather and sew this piece right behind the heel.
- Hot glue feathers onto the wings and tail. Using real feathers makes your bird look like it's really flying when the children move their hands up and down.
- Cut out 2 yellow beaks if your making a regular bird or 2 black beaks if you're making a raven. Did you know that a raven is all black and a very large bird?
- Put your hand into the sock puppet and glue those beaks in place. (If you don't stretch the puppet a little before you glue the beaks in place, your puppet's mouth will be really hard to get your hand into and it'll be hard to open and close his mouth.)
- Cut out two bird feet: Yellow felt for normal birds & black felt for ravens.
- Sew the feet on the bottom of the sock, about 3/4" apart.
- Sew the birds eyes in place. - YEA, you're done!
*It took about two nights after work to make 12 puppets, enough for my class and enough for each of my grandchildren.
Sock puppets are great for teaching children about the story of Elijah the prophet and how he was fed by ravens. See 1 Kings 17:2–6
I gave the children pieces of pocket bread which they put into their puppet's beaks and took to our pretend Elijah. They loved waving their arms and making their puppets fly and feeding Elijah.
(Elijah was played by my husband - he's such a good sport.)
If you're interested, here's a link to my first attempt at making sock puppets: http://mikejoycandrian.blogspot.com/2010/03/sock-puppet-fun.html
Link Party with more craft ideas: http://www.soyouthinkyourecrafty.com/
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