This quick activity involves a scrap of card – paper will work – and scissors, and can result in a ‘puppet’ that kids enjoy playing with for a few minutes. It might also become a cast of characters who enact a play or story on the kitchen table.
Legless figures are drawn on the card and cut out. The figures have rounded bottoms large enough to cut out two leg holes the size of the child’s fingers. Insert fingers through the holes and experiment with making the puppet walk and dance, bow and curtsy. Puppet people can be as detailed and elaborate as you want them to be. Consider adding collage clothes, painted faces, etc.