Friday, February 18, 2011

Knight Party Dragon Felt Finger Puppets

These friendly dragons are great pals to have in the house! Use the template below for the bigger body parts and cut a fire shape from a scrap of red, sparkly felt.  I spread a thin layer of sparkly fabric paint on the wings and let dry before assembling.  Fabric paint works great for ears, claws, and facial features.

A perfect story to go along with these puppets is Raising Dragons, by Jerdine Nolen. This is one of that you will love as much as your kids. The prose will lead you into a southern drawl when you read it aloud, and the story will captivate you. A spunky girl who believes in magic, a family that believes in hard work and taking care of others... joy and a happy ending. A story that encourages young ones to follow their hearts and be true to themselves. I am keeping this one long after my kids fledge...

Another Dragon story choice is When a Dragon Moves In, by Jodi Moore and Howard McWilliam.  Nothing quite warms up a wintery bedtime than a beach story!  Here are oodles of fun times at a beach, written in a lively "If you give a mouse a cookie" style.  The usual topics are delightfully illustrated to spur on your own beach memories, such as building a castle, looking at tracks, swimming, eating, throwing sand, kite flying, book reading, and sibling rivalry. The fun is the dragon part and all the happy and detailed illustrations...The dragon is in all the scenes playing with the boy and defending him, but  is it real (yes! according to my younger son) or just his perspective (yes! according to my older son)?  No matter which way you decide, the fun is thinking about the power of imagination in the middle of happy, sandy memories. A perfect bedtime choice!

Dragon Finger Puppet Pattern

1 comment:

  1. I love this, but Scribd is saying it's now set to private. Is there any way you would be willing to share? I'm doing a fairy tale unit with my preschool sidekick and I know he would love it.