Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Playdough / Salt Clay Finger Puppets

The library story time featured puppets today, so I thought the children might be inspired to put on a few puppet shows of their own tonight. Since we currently have a rather large amount of purple playdough sitting in the cupboard, I figured we might as well turn some of it into finger puppets. I wasn't really sure if this would work or not, but since it was homemade dough, and we weren't in it for much, it seemed like it wouldn't hurt to try.

We molded the dough around our fingers, and baked it on low (160 degrees Fahrenheit) for a few hours, until it seemed pretty dry.

Then we added a some paint. I mixed up a fresh batch of homemade water color paint (look back a few posts for the recipe), and using it while it was still wet worked pretty well.

Once the paint had dried, we glued on googly eyes, and pom poms, and we had ten little monsters, ready for show time. I doubt these puppets will prove to be really durable, but the kids had quite a bit of fun making them. So, if they make it through even a couple of plays, I think we'll consider them a success. If your interested in these, you might want to check out, they made some that were similar, and a good inspiration to us too.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

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