Finger Puppets To Make Or Use DIY

March 22, 2022 at 2:27 pm

Author & Credit: Monica S Source: Kids Activities Blog


Today we have 28 fun finger puppets to make or use DIY with kids of all ages. They are a great way to have a wholesome family activity and don’t require a lot of prep – although the prep time to make your own puppets is super fun too.

These finger puppet tutorials are so much fun to make with your little ones!

Finger puppets to make or use DIY Feature Image
These finger puppet tutorials are so much fun to make with your little ones!

Let’s put up a puppet show! Finger puppets are so much fun to make and to play with, plus, there are many ways to make them: kids can add googly eyes, use colored pipe cleaners, make paper bag puppets, or even craft classic sock puppets.

We made sure to include crafts for every skill level and age: younger kids like preschoolers or kindergarteners will be able to create their own characters in an easy way while enhancing their fine motor skills, while older kids will be able to follow simple steps to create many different puppet projects.

These finger puppet tutorials are perfect for a rainy day and a lot of them can be made with supplies you most likely already have at home. Why get new toys when you can make little guys with fun diy projects instead? Let’s get started!

1. Minion Finger Puppets
Learn how to make minion finger puppets with your little ones – they are very simple to make and provide hours of exciting fun for toddlers and older kids. Get some scissors, a black sharpie marker, googly eyes, yellow rubber cleaning gloves, and you’re all ready!

Younger kids will love making these Minion finger puppets.


2. 5 Little Ghosts No-Sew Finger Puppets
Preschoolers and even younger children will love creating and playing with these sweet and spooky little ghosts finger puppets. The best part is there’s no sew needed, making the finger puppet creation process super easy. Make your own puppet theatre!

Boo! Let’s celebrate Halloween with some fun crafts.

3. Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet
This Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet from LalyMom is a great activity for kids of all ages and a great way to promote hand dexterity and fine motor skills. The instructions are so easy – just follow the 4 simple steps and you’re all done. Now you just have to invite your little one to put on the puppet and sing along!

The perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

4. DIY Penguin Puppet Craft
Penguins are so adorable, which makes these DIY puppets so much, and it is perfect for an afternoon full of pretend play. This activity can be done by older kids while younger kids can help with gluing and decoration! From Artsy Momma.

Penguins are so adorable.

5. Felt Parrot Puppet Craft
This cute felt finger puppets craft from This Mama Loves is inspired on Mak The Parrot from The Wild Life, and is super easy to make – no sewing is required. You will need craft felt in many different colors, though.

This is such a cute felt parrot finger puppet.

6. Monster Finger Puppet
These monster finger puppets from I Can Teach My Child are fun for kids of all ages. There are so many different ways to use this puppet glove, such as color recognition, one-to-one correspondence, songs, and monster tickles. All you need is a gardening glove, various colors of yarn, a hot glue gun, and about 20 minutes to finish the craft.

We love crafts that are so easy to put together.

7. DIY Finger Puppets
Follow this simple craft tutorial from Adanna Dill to make easy DIY finger puppets. They make reading time so much fun for kids as they can either play pretend with them or you can use them when you read to your kids.

Get creative with these paper puppets.

8. Super Easy Finger Puppets
These rubber glove finger puppets from Molly Moo Crafts take just minutes to make and then you’re ready to perform your very own shoe box theater play. You just need three basic materials and you’re all set.

The possibilities for finger puppet characters are endless.

9. How To Make Finger Puppets
It’s easier than you think to create your own finger puppets. All you need is old gloves, scissors, felt, wool, and puppet eyes. Follow the video tutorial to make your own! From Ana DIY Crafts.

10. DIY No-Sew Felt Finger Puppets
These no-sew felt finger puppets are a snap to make, and your kids will love putting on a show with a variety of these cute little creatures. You most likely already got all the supplies needed and the whole craft should only take a couple of minutes. Add a pom pom for ultimate cuteness! From Ziploc.

Let’s make an entire zoo out of felt.

11. How To Make Paper Cone Finger Puppets
These puppets are simple and especially suited to a classroom setting. Make several finger puppets and then transform them into a mouse, tiger, fox, monkey, owl, panda bear, lion, and brown bear puppets! From Aunt Annie’s Crafts.

What’s your favorite animal finger puppet?

12. How To Make a Paper Mouse
This super simple and easy paper puppets from Red Ted Art is not only so much fun to make and play with, but it’s great for toddlers and younger children learning about shapes and colors. It’s one simple paper craft, but there are a lot of learning opportunities.

We love how easy these paper mouse crafts are

13. How To Make Paper Mache Animal Finger Puppets
Kids will love crafting these adorable animal finger puppets and writing a script for a puppet show. It’s an easy kids craft that you can enjoy with the entire family. What animal will you make? From Handmade Charlotte.

Paper mache finger puppets are easier to make than you’d think.

14. Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets
These pipe cleaner finger puppets are super easy to put together – in less than 10 minutes you can make one little puppet for each little finger. Simply take a pipe cleaner, wind it around your finger, and follow the rest of the simple steps. From One Little Project.

It only takes 5 mins to make these easy finger puppets.

15. Finger Puppet Mouse Craft
Here’s a cute finger puppet mouse craft that little ones will love! It’s very easy to make, and you only really need an egg carton and some scraps of card. There are tips for making this craft easier for preschoolers at the end, so don’t forget to check them out. From Tea Time Monkeys.

Can you tell we love mouse puppets?


16. Vegetable DIY Finger Puppets
These finger puppets from Made To Be A Momma are not really made out of vegetables – they are shaped like them! These printable finger puppets come in two versions so you can customize your play.

Looking for an easy way to make your little one eat their veggies?

17. Making Finger Puppets
AccessArt shared three great ways to make finger puppets depending on how much time you want to invest in this craft of your level of expertise. The first version is simple enough for children to make the puppets on their own.

You can make so many different finger puppets.


18. How To Make Finger Puppets
Finger puppets are a fun toy for people of all ages! With some creativity, you can make the puppets resemble anything you would like – these two tutorials from WikiHow are made with kids in mind so they’re fairly easy to make.

It’s time to get creative with these finger puppets.


19. Enhance Literacy Skills With Easy Origami Finger Puppets
Pretend play promotes creative storytelling, which is exactly what these easy origami finger puppets do. Your children will love this simple folding technique that creates paper finger puppets that they can then turn into animals or people. From What Do We Do All Day.

Our kids absolutely love origami crafts. 

20. How To Make Finger Puppets With Gloves
Making finger puppets is not only a fun art experience, but it also helps improve your imagination and creativity. Follow these easy seven steps to make different basic types of finger puppets. Kids Party Ideas also shared the benefits of playing finger puppets with children and the history of finger puppets.

Your kiddo can create any animal they want.

21. Sew 10 Finger Puppets For Some Fun With The Kids
These finger puppets are very good for promoting creativity, especially in young kids as they can play with these cute puppets that fit on their fingers, while older kids can make these puppets themselves modeling their own favorite characters. From Sew Guide.

Sewing is so much fun, too.

22. Halloween Finger Puppets
If your little one loves Halloween as much as we do, they’re going to love making and playing with these Halloween hand finger puppets. Just download and print the pattern and follow the step by step instructions from The Idea Room.

Let’s celebrate the spooky season with some fun crafts.

23. Animal Finger Puppets
For this tutorial from Craft Project Ideas, we’ll recycle an old or mismatched glove to create adorable finger puppets. This craft is more suitable for older kids and adults since young kids might have trouble with handling the hot glue gun.

Look at how pretty these turned out.


24. Minion Craft: Super Silly Finger Puppets
Here’s another fun Minion Finger Puppets craft tutorial. Use them for a Minion birthday party activity, as a Minion project on a rainy day, or tuck some into their Easter baskets for an adorable gift idea. From Sustain My Craft Habit.

What kid doesn’t love minion crafts?!

25. How To Make Felt Finger Puppets
Scattered Thoughts Of A Crafty Mom shared free printables to make the cutest felt finger puppets. We recommend an adult cutting out the pattern and gluing the pieces together, and allowing the kiddos to decorate the puppets however they prefer.

Follow the patterns to create your own animal finger puppet.

26. Farm Animal Finger Puppets
Let’s make this farm animal finger puppet craft from Happy Toddler Play Time! This easy craft is great for your toddlers and preschoolers and is perfect to create anytime of the year. Create a craft that they can use in pretend play after finishing!

This is a great way to learn about farm animals.


27. DIY Forest Friends Finger Puppets
Here’s an easy craft for beginner sewers—even kids can make these easy felt finger puppets as long as they know of to sew. This tutorial from Handmade Charlotte teaches children how to make an owl, a fox, and a hedgehog. Cute!

This owl finger puppet is one of my favorites.


28. Adorable Finger Puppet Giraffe Craft
This adorable giraffe finger puppet is so easy to make – but it comes with a free printable pattern if needed. Get your cardstock paper and small googly eyes and enjoy creating a paper giraffe! From I Heart Crafty Things.
Don’t forget to add lots of spots to your giraffe craft.

Don’t forget to add lots of spots to your giraffe craft.