February 19th marks the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Sheep. I’ve always found astrology, palm reading, mediums, and all that jazz interesting. I’m not sure if I believe it 100% but I know after reading my horoscope I usually feel hopeful, and that can’t be a bad thing!
To celebrate and acknowledge the holiday the kids and I made these sheep finger puppets! Aren’t they cute? I’d like to say they’re easy, but, they might not be for everyone. My seven and nine year old both had trouble with some of the cutting so this one will require a helping hand. Here’s how we made them.
- Small paper plate
- googly eyes
- cotton balls
- black construction paper
First we used the construction paper to cut out our sheep’s faces and front legs. Then we attempted to make holes for our fingers to go through, this was the tricky part. First, I tried to show the kids how to bore a hole with the scissors, that didn’t work.
So I tried having them draw on the circles where the holes would go, fold the plate, make a snip, and use it to cut out the hole. That was a winner, well, with one of them, I helped with the other.
After we got over that hurdle it was all about ripping up the cotton balls to make wool and gluing everything into place.
Once the glue dried everyone had a bit of fun with the puppets and conspired as to what kind we’d make next time!