“I want to make a puppet” he said with conviction, “a finger leg puppet.”
“Ok” I said, asking what sort of finger puppet my boy wanted to make.
“No” he said with frustration, “not a finger puppet, a finger leg puppet!”
It took me a while to comprehend that my boy wanted to make a puppet where the fingers are the legs!
Once he had explained the concept to me and I finally understood we set to work to make, not a finger puppet, but a finger leg puppet!
Make a Finger Leg Puppet.
These finger leg puppets are super easy to make and lots of fun.
If you’d like to make some you’ll need:
- some cardboard
- pencils or markers
- optional free printable template (download below)
To make your finger leg puppet all you need to do is draw a character – a person, an animal, a monster, an alien… whatever you like, but make sure to leave space at the bottom for the legs!
Once you are done drawing you need to cut two round holes at the bottom of your character so you can slip your fingers into them to make legs.
We found it a little tricky to figure out where the legs would go on our end products and to leave enough room for them, so I made up some simple templates to help. The finger leg puppet templates have grey circles to indicate where the finger holes go, and a lighter grey outline as a rough guide for the rest of the drawing.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
Aliens were the characters of choice for my big boy. And not only did he have fun making them, he had lots of fun creating stories with them and putting on puppet shows all afternoon.
What sort of creatures would you make for your finger leg puppets?
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