As a registered early childhood educator I created these diversity puppets for a kindergarten placement They reflected the community I was working in and allowed me to inform young children about communities that were less well known. By using a variety of shapes, shades, and sizes I could open up the discussion on diversity. In Kindergarten it is important that the children are able to share the materials.
Step 1: Choosing the Socks!
I choose socks that fit the size of the hands of the children, infant/toddle size 2-4. I also looked for socks that were a variety of skin shades.
Step 2: The Mouth
To make the mouth cut a piece of cardboard in a figure 8 shape.
Step 3: Place the Cardboard
Slide the cardboard into the the palm of your hand.
Step 4: Attach the Cardboard
Use a hot glue gun to attach the cardboard to the sock
Step 5: Hair, Eyes, and Nose
Cut 4 strips of velcro, velcro has two sides. Attach the coarse side of the velcro on the sock and the soft side to each piece, Be sure to be consistent!
Step 6: Materials for the Various Pieces
Using a variety of foam pieces, googly eyes, and yarn will give children different options of shapes, shades and sizes.
Thanks for having fun with puppets, for more discussion on matters of early childhood education visit my site ecdproject.ca