Thanksgiving finger puppets are a fun and creative way to share the Thanksgiving story with children this year. You can make several different styles of puppets, including Native Americans, Pilgrims and a Thanksgiving turkey. Have a puppet show on Thanksgiving day, use the puppets in class or allow children to make their own puppets as a fun Thanksgiving craft. These finger puppets use the 3D plush body as a base.
Make the pilgrim clothing from gray felt. To make a woman: cut a 3 by 3 inch square from white felt to make a woman’s hood. Drape the square over the back of the head and glue in place. Round the corners of the hood with scissors. Cut a one-inch square of felt from black felt. Cut out the inside of the square to make a buckle. Glue the buckle to the woman’s dress. Cut a buckle from gray felt. To make a man: Cut out two hat shapes large enough to fit over the man’s head. Glue yarn to his head for hair, then glue the two halves of the hat together over the head. Cut out a gray buckle and glue to the front of the hat. Cut a 2 by 2 inch square from white felt. Cut out the center of the square. Glue the square around the neck for a collar. Glue a black belt with a gray buckle to the man’s waist. Use permanent marker to make a face for the pilgrims.
Make the Native American bodies from tan felt. Braid several strands of yarn together into a small braid and glue it to the back of the head. Make a braid for both men and women. Embellish the body of the puppets with beads and small feathers. Glue a feather to the head of the male puppets. Cut the base of the female puppets into a fringe to represent a fringed dress. Draw on a face with permanent marker. Add fur to the puppets, if desired.
Make the body of the turkey from brown felt. Do not give the turkey arms. Cut out two 3 by 2 inch rectangles from red felt. Cut the rectangles into a wing shape. Glue the wings to the side of the turkey. Cut several 3-inch long feather shapes from different colors of felt. Glue these in a fan shape to the back of the turkey for a tail. Glue a yellow triangle to the face for a beak. Use googly eyes for the turkey’s eyes.