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The weather’s heating up here in Southern California. We’re fortunate to live just a mere 20-minute drive above the valley below because temperatures easily pass 100 degrees daily in the summer. As you climb the mountain, you literally watch the temperature gauge in the car drop degree by degree, till you arrive at home. A decent 15-20 degrees cooler simply because we’re at 5,000 feet.


But it still gets hot up here in the mountains.


And the hot weather honestly makes me crave a serious siesta or an ice-cold mocha! So, to keep myself awake a few days ago, we dumped out the old bag of socks, a jar of buttons, needle and embroidery floss, and
started imagining….
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HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE SOCK PUPPET

Time Needed -Photo Icontime
As long or short as you’d like.
(We spent a good hour making our sock puppets. Child-led, parent-assisted.)
NOTE: If you need a tutorial for sewing with children, visit here.

ages
Age 2 and up.
This activity hones fine motor skills and develops the imagination.

(MY KIDS: My 2-1/2-year-old was able to select buttons for the puppet, use a threaded needle to practice sewing on her sock, and then awaited my fixing of things before playtime. My 4-1/2-year-old made her
puppet from start-to-finish, with help sewing on the buttons (new to her) and tying knots.)


you’ll need
an old sock
embroidery
floss
or thread
a pair of scissors
a needle (preferably a blunt sewing needle with large eye for young kids)

notes: It’s pretty easy to find most of these items around your home. Small kid’s socks can make small puppets (which fit small hands very well, I might add). And even if you do all the sewing, your child can still be a part of selecting all of the pieces for this fun project.


directions
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1. Select your sock. This may require digging through drawers to find an old one. (Gadzooks, lots of old socks in our case!)

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2. Select your buttons. Don’t forget, younger children may want more than the traditional 2-eye-look. More buttons = more fun! Right?

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3. Test out “looks” by placing buttons on your sock until you find a combination you’re happy with. (This phase can last as long as the imagination runs with it!)

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4. OK, buttons selected. Now, thread your needle. This requires a bit of patience and plenty of determination. Don’t forget, a quick taste of that thread to wetten it does wonders for the process. It’s also my girls’ favorite part of sewing!

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5. Now, double up that thread by taking your two thread ends, and tie a knot. Another great learning opportunity for young children…though it will take lots of practice before mastery.

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6. Sew on each of the buttons. (Adult assistance will be important for children age 6 and under.)

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7. Play time! Now, learning to make a mouth, voice and personality for your puppet is a whole ‘nother activity.

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