Monday, March 4, 2013

Alien and Spaceship Finger Puppet Playset

Felt Alien Playset

Greetings Earthlings!  We're here in peace and friendship!  What can you teach us about your world today? 

These alien cuties were part of our Alien Birthday Party.  We hid the aliens in a spaceship pinata and the spaceships were in a "deep space" party room. 

How-to Hints:  Trace and cut the pieces from the pattern below, using a thin, transparent material for the cockpit and regular felt for the others. I used dark gray for the cockpit border and sparkle felt for added dazzle on the spaceship.  Sew the front cockpit piece to its edge.  Then, sew the back cockpit piece to the edge and one of the spaceship pieces (3 pieces together). I used silver thread and a zig zag stitch for added bling. Align the cockpit pieces inside out and sew together with a regular stitch.  Turn cockpit right-side out and sew last piece of space ship to the front along the outside edge so that the middle remains open for the aliens to fit inside (black thread).  Bright green felt worked well for the aliens, a straight forward copy-cut-sew from the pattern, with a bit of white and black fabric paint for the eyes. Lastly, I outlined the cockpit edge with glow in the dark fabric paint for nighttime fun.

Aliens and Spaceship Playset

For an Alien story to go with these, try Space Case, by Edward Marshall, is a light hearted tale of an alien that visits Earth.  Lucky for him, it is Halloween, so he fits right in. He even gets invited to sleep over!  He has great fun with his new Earthling friend, and helps him with his science project before he heads home.  Great for bed time by tickling that "what if" imagination!

We can't give Alexis Deacon's Beegu enough praise.  This is one heart warming alien book for little people and the grown ups that love them!  Beegu is estranged from her family when her spaceship crashes. The story is about her adventure on earth as she seeks new friends that mostly find her strange and unloveable. Her refuge is the children, who adore her, of course! Her parents eventually find her and she recounts the whole tale to them. My kids especially love the recounting as it is told in alien language, little pictographs of her whole experience.  The words are few, the feeling is deep. Beegu will miss the little ones, the story goes, but we all end up carrying her in our hearts after reading this story!

We are Nancy Shaw fans, so Sheep Blast Off! is a natural favorite. The silly sheep get into trouble when they climb aboard a crashed alien ship. Not to worry though. When the aliens wake up and find the sheep in charge, they quickly take over without the sheep ever realizing what happened!

Does Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman really need an introduction? A brightly illustrated story about aliens landing on earth to steal underpants has instant boy appeal. Pure silliness! There are three books in the series, with Aliens in Underpants Save the World and Aliens Love Panta Claus.

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1 comment:

  1. these little aliens are super cute and adorable! I love that they're so easy to make! I featured this in my blog: thank you for sharing!