Friday, February 19, 2010

Oh, Rats! Felt Finger Puppets

I used these cuties as favors for a Halloween party but they could just as easily be mice. 

How-to's:  Cut out and sew together two body pieces (template below).  Save cutting fingers and toes until sewing is done for easiest matching.  Cut nose and inner ear pieces from small scrap felt.  Knot together a few short lengths of string for whiskers and glue under nose. I put a tiny piece of fringe yarn behind the fabric paint eyes for eyelashes.
Mouse Finger Puppet Pattern

Need a fun story to go with this?  Try  Cool Daddy Rat by Kristyn Crow.  This is one of those picture books really meant to be read aloud!  The story is cute... Daddy Rat goes off to work at gigs. Junior steals away, hiding in his case.  The two have a grand time together, after checking in with Mom, of course. The words roll out like lyrics, reeling your audience in.  We checked this out from the library and will be keeping it until the renewals run out...

Other stories... We are big fans of the Library Mouse series, by Daniel Kirk, where a mouse that lives in a library writes books and along the way, encourages kids to write, too.  And of course there is the classic, If you give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff.


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