- To help reinforce shape recognition with a fun, open-ended activity
- To encourage creativity and fine motor skills
Before You Start: Gather a variety of colors of craft foam (poster board or recycled cardboard are also good options). Provide wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, decorative collage items, scissors, pencils and Colorations® markers. Prepare small bowls of Colorations® Washable School Glue ahead of time for the activity. Have children draw a variety of shapes, such as triangles, circles and rectangles, each about 3 inches wide, on a piece of paper. Encourage them to be creative; the shapes do not have to be perfect. Allow them to pick their favorite shape and cut out to use for the activity.
Let's Get Started! Step 1. Have the children trace their paper shapes onto a piece of craft foam or poster board. Each shape needs to be traced twice on the foam to create a front and a back for their pencil puppets. Encourage them to use different colors of craft foam if they wish.
Step 2. Help children cut out their shapes as needed. Be sure the identical shapes are the same size.
Step 3. Have children create a unique face on one the shapes using the markers and attaching other decorative items provided with glue.
Step 4. Have children glue the two shapes together, making sure to leave a pencil-sized opening near the bottom. Larger collage items like pipe cleaners and feathers can also be sandwiched in between the two shapes before gluing them together in order to secure firmly to the pencil puppets.
Step 5. Once glue has finished drying, children can top pencils with their own one-of-a-kind whimsical friends!
Furthermore: The foam shapes can also be made into magnets to keep or use as gifts. Simply glue shapes together and omit the opening for pencils. Attach a small piece of magnetic strip to the back side and hang it up!
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