Why do it?
Sock puppets provide an opportunity for:
- being creative
- using language
- pretend play
- using imagination
- working and playing with others.
- and it a good use for all those single socks!
How to do it
You could use:
- some adult’s sock
- felt tips or stickers
- wool for hair
- needle and thread
- buttons for eyes
- scraps of material for clothing.
Use felt tips to draw eyes, a nose and a mouth on light coloured socks. Stitch them on if socks are dark ones.
Wool can be glued on or stitched in for hair and/or whiskers.
Scraps of fabric can be wrapped around as scarves, cloaks and skirts for the puppets.
Use the puppets to act out family activities (shopping, visiting and going to the park) and/or stories you have shared.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Keretao keretao Puppet, marionette, jumping jack, robot - figure carved in human form with arms that move by pulling a string Maori | Noun||Puppet|
|Tōkena tōkena Stocking, sock Maori | Noun||Sock|
|Kiripuaki kiripuaki Character (in a film, story, etc.) Maori | Noun||Character|
|Wūru wūru Wool Maori | Noun||Wool|
|Tui(a) tui(a) To sew, thread on a string, thread. Maori | Verb||To sew|
|Pātene pātene Button Maori | Noun||Button|
|Kākahu kākahu Garment, clothes, cloak, apparel, clothing, costume Maori | Noun||Clothes|
|Kanohi kanohi Face, countenance Maori | Noun||Face|
|Whatu whatu Eye, pupil of the eye, anchor, kernel (of fruit) Maori | Noun||Eyes|
|Taringa taringa Ear Maori | Noun||Ear|
|Waha waha Mouth, entrance, gate, opening, inlet, outlet – anything that is like a mouth Maori | Noun||Mouth|
|Ngutu ngutu Lip Maori | Noun||Lip|
|Makawe makawe Hair (of the head) - used mainly in the plural, but can be used in the singular as a collective noun Maori | Noun||Hair|
|Menemene menemene To show wrinkles, contort the face, smile Maori | Verb||Smile|
|I mahia e ia hē kāretao mai te tōkena||She made a puppet from a sock|
|Ko wai tēnei?||Who's this?|
|Ko Mita tēnei||This is Mita|
|Ko wai te ingoa o tō keretao?||What's your puppet's name?|
|Kei hea tana kāinga?||Where does she live?|
|Kei te haere ia ki whea?||Where is she going?|
|Kei te haere ia ki te toa hokomaha||He's going to the supermarket|