I LOVE to craft and especially like to make things that are fun for Onetime (my 3 yr old son) to play with!
Here’s my latest creation for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve got a great St. Patrick’s Day finger-play counting rhyme for you too as well as instructions to make these super cute finger puppets!
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Supplies to Make Leprechaun Finger Puppets
- a green glove
- black permanent marker
- yellow, dark green, light green and black felt (small 8 x 10 pieces will do)
- scissors (I find that material scissors work the best with felt)
- glue gun
How to Make the Leprechaun Finger Puppets
- Put on the green glove and using a permanent marker, draw faces about 2 to 3 cm down from the tip of each finger.
2. Cut out your felt pieces. You will need 5 of each of the following: bowties, beards, circles with holes in the centre for hats (approx. 2″ diameter), rectangles for hats (approx. 2.5″ long), black strips for the belt around the hat (same length as rectangles) and small yellow squares for the hat buckles.
Put another circle of glue around each finger above the circle and glue the rectangle around the finger. You might want to add a dab of glue at the back to secure the hat.
Once you learn the rhyme below, you can wear the glove and sing it for your child or classroom while the kids use their leprechaun puppets, OR, let your child wear the glove while you sing the song! You could easily make 2 gloves – one for you and one for your child.
When you’re done singing, why not use the puppets for a little play about hidden gold at the end of the rainbow?
Either way – lots of fun and counting practise with these adorable little green guys!
Leprechaun Fingerplay Rhyme
Here’s the finger-play I made up to go along with the puppets – enjoy!
To keep the rhyme, you can pin it to Pinterest, or click on the image and save it at this size. If you would like to print out an 8×10″ copy, click here to download a PDF version.
Hope you have as much fun with this as we did!
Wishing you a fun and mischievous St. Paddy’s Day!