Merry Christmas everyone! I’m Monica, and I blog over at HappyandBlessedHome.com. My grandfather owned a bookstore and would bring me books for as long as I can remember. One of the things I want to pass down to my children is a love of wholesome, fun, and educational books. One of the ways we accomplish this in our home is to animate stories with puppets. These FREE Farm Animal Puppets are one way you can make learning fun in your home. It’s a craft, a teaching tool, and a way to inspire imagination all rolled into one. Follow the link and click on “P is for Puppets“.
These free puppets are created especially for readers of UpsideDownHomeschooling.com‘s series “Homeschooling through the Holidays.” As a mom with a three and one-year-old, who is considering homeschooling my boys, I am so excited to connect with all the readers of UpsideDownHomeschooling.com. Thanks Heather for the opportunity to share my puppets with your readers.
When I created these printables I envisioned small children and their moms or caretakers using construction paper, colored markers, crayons, finger paints, cotton balls, yarn, google eyes, and more to embellish these puppets. I can see children taking their favorite book to an adult they love and asking them to tell them their favorite story using the puppet. The puppets can be used to act out books or in song, such as “Old McDonald had a Farm.” Slightly older children may want to put on a play about farm animals or make up their own story. You can use the puppets to inspire imagination and spend time together learning about the animals.
Crayons, Markers,Paints, Scissors, Glue, glitter, yarn, string, google eyes, etc. You can make your puppets as simple or as decorative as you like. Download the printable pack here: FREE Farm Animal Puppet Printables.
Grown-ups can help the child assemble the puppets. There are two versions of each puppet. An “easy” to assemble puppet and a more “complex” version that requires more effort to cut, color, and glue to put together. I threw in a few extras at the end.
Use yarn, string, pom-poms or other “furry” embellishments for animals’ fur. You can add “google” eyes for the eyes. Use puffy paint, finger-paints, colored sand, or other art supplies to add texture. They can be a helpful teaching tool – tell your child about the sounds each animal makes, where it lives and what food it likes to eat.
These puppet pieces are designed to be used with standard brown bag lunch sacks that measure 10 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches. Have fun creating storytelling puppets with your little-one(s).
There are six animals including:
Books to go along with the Farm Animal Puppets
Some wonderful children’s books to inspire learning and play (affiliate link for your convenience):
Touch and Feel: Farm (Touch & Feel) – A tactile learning experience perfect for children less than 24 months.
Melissa & Doug Animal Puzzle Book – This is a great coordinating book if your child no longer puts small things in his or her mouth.
Moo Baa La La La – A fantastic book to introduce young children to animal sounds. A perfect way to use the puppets to sound out the various noises animals make.
Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board) – Using the puppets to animate this story would make for loads of fun and laughter. Let your kids in on the action with a puppet they can dance with on their own.
Over the past few weeks I’ve published FREE printable packs for preschoolers to help teach them how to read through the alphabet – we just wrapped up letter F and are on our way through the alphabet. If you have a minute please stop by and check out all the free printables.
FREE Preschooler Tools you’ll find on HappyandBlessedHome.com
- Learn to Read Alphabet Series – Printable Packages with 30+ FREE Activities for each letter of the Alphabet
- Preparing for Kindergarten Series – insight from the book, “Skills for Preschool Teachers”
- Preschool Morning Board Series – an easy visual system to teach basic skills; can be used for circle time
- Montessori Planning Post – with labels, organizational charts & more
Thanks again to Heather for this wonderful opportunity. If you enjoyed reading this post please help me grow my blog by liking my Facebook page at: HappyandBlessedHome or by Pinning my other posts on PINTEREST. Creating these Storytelling Puppets is a great way to teach and inspire early learners. I hope this craft leads to lots of learning and a love of animated story-time with puppets for your family.
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