Making sock puppets is a great activity to enhance a child’s brain and body. They have to use their imagination to create the characters. Making the puppets involves cutting, drawing, and gluing which will help develop fine motor skills.

Why do it?

Making and playing with puppets gives tamariki an opportunity to:

  • create characters and tell or retell stories about them
  • strengthen fine motor skills through cutting, drawing, sticking or gluing
  • have a fun activity using everyday items
  • give the lost socks a new life.
sock puppets

How to do it

You’ll need: A sock for each person, a pen (optional), sticker or buttons (optional), glue (optional).

  1. Use your sock like a glove, putting your thumb in the heel and fingers in the toe.
  2. Choose from the following...
    • Music: Have your puppets sing a song!
    • Story: Get your puppets to act out a story.
    • Chat: Use your puppets to chat about your favourite things.

Extras: Give your puppet a name. Draw, sew or glue on some eyes and hair.

Using more te reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
To sing/song
Talk, communicate