Puppets inspire students to read, reread, rearrange, recreate, and retell stories. Sock puppets are flexible and tactile tools for bringing historical and fictional characters to life, creating engaging presentations for informational text, and expressing emotions and feelings.
Suggested Materials List:
- Body: sock
- Mouth: card stock, felt, plastic, berry box, card board, cereal box
- Eyes: beads, buttons, caps
- Hair: yarn, zippers, raffia, flowers, ribbon, trim
- Teeth: card board, beads, buttons, plastic, tape
How to make a sock puppet mouth:
1. Start with a 9 x 4 inch piece of cardstock or cereal box.
Fold card in half.
Face fold towards you and fold back top of card.
Make a nice crease.
Turn card over.
Fold back top of card and make a nice crease.
You will have an accordion fold.
Cut a curve into one side of square.
Cut other side rounding off into a u-shape.
When finished you have a mouth to slip your fingers into! You can make adjustments in mouth size and shape to help define your character once you fit it into your sock, depending on sock material, some socks will be stretchier than other.
Prepping your sock to become a puppet:
Line up your sock with the heel facing up.
Cut off the sock toe (you won’t need toe fabric, it can be put in a scrap bin).
Slip hand through sock .
Take your sock puppet mouth and fit it inside sock.
Snip both sides of sock until mouth opens up to your liking.
Glue or tape down edges of sock to mouth. Finish mouth with ribbon lips; add teeth and a tongue to build your puppet character!
Sock Puppet Variations:
No Glue Sock Puppet. Materials reused: sock, card stock (for mouth), felt shapes, yarn, googly eyes, gaffer tape, and double stick tape. For younger students you can assemble the puppet using double stick tape to attach facial features. Attach the hair by wrapping gaffer tape around the head and body of puppet.
You can also make puppet head by reusing a berry box.
Berry box puppet on a stick. Materials reused: zippers, foam, ping pong balls, sequin pieces, buttons, and fabric. Duct tape the head on the stick so the mouth flaps open and closed.
This lizard puppet is created similarly to a sock puppet. Instead of a sock, pink plastic pockets are used for the body and covered with tape. Lizard scales and legs made from an egg carton. Great for teaching science.