The basic idea
Make a basic sock puppet by putting double-sided tape on the back of some shapes/objects to make eyes, eyebrows and any other features you fancy. Your wee one can stick and re-stick deciding which bits go where, and you can glue it on safely afterwards to stop it all falling apart.
Over to you, wee one
Let your wee one play with the shapes and build the face – you can talk about the different expressions that appear (angry eyebrows, sad eyes) or mirror them with your own face and wonder aloud how the puppet is feeling.
- Exploring emotions
- Decision making, design
- Strong glue afterwards means the puppet can be played with longer without falling apart
- If you don’t want to build puppet, a plate and some loose parts can be used to build a face instead
- Take some time looking at each other’s faces and decsribing what you see: “I can see hair… and two eyes… and glasses” – to get ideas for features
Creativity is about the process rather than the product. Chatting about faces and exploring how to build one is more important than a perfect puppet at the end of it. But it’s okay for wee ones to be proud of what they’ve made, and it’s okay for you to help with making that product strong and safe to play with.