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Missing-Mitten Puppets

Transform a lonesome mitten into a playtime pal!

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Got a mitten without a mate? Make a puppet! Imagination gets a workout while kids transform a lonesome mitten into a playtime pal.
Missing-Mitten Puppets
What You’ll Need
  • Glue
  • Scraps of orange and yellow yarn
  • Scraps of felt in various colors
  • Single mittens
  • Pompoms, buttons, or wiggle eyes
  • Scissors
  • Black embroidery thread
What to Do
For the Lion:
  1. Glue the yarn scraps to the top of the mitten to make the mane. Let dry.
  2. Glue pompoms, buttons, or wiggle eyes to the front of the mitten to make the eyes.
  3. Cut out a small felt triangle. Glue it on to make the nose. For the mouth, cut a crescent shape from the felt. Glue it to the mitten just below the nose.
  4. Cut four 3-inch lengths of embroidery thread. Glue them on the side of the face to make the whiskers.
For the Mouse:
  1. To make ears, cut two half circles from gray felt. Cut two smaller half circles from pink felt. Glue the pink half circles on the gray half circles. Glue the ears to the top of the mitten.
  2. Glue pompoms, buttons, or wiggle eyes to the front of the mitten to make the eyes.
  3. Cut out a triangle from the felt. Glue it on the mitten to make the nose.
  4. Make whiskers for the mouse as you did for the lion.

For younger kids: Make a mitten that looks like you: Choose yarn that matches your hair color, and pompom or buttons that match your eyes. Or make a fantasy mitten: A fairy with iridescent or glittery yarn “wings,” or a dragon with green yarn spikes.

For older kids: Take two lone mittens and create a not-quite-identical pair: Cut out a felt silhouette of a walking cat or dog, cut it in half vertically, and glue the back end on one mitten, the front on the other. Another idea: Transform a mitten (or a baby’s sock) into a change purse:  Close the open end with Velcro strips, or fold down and fasten with a button. Then add a face, using felt, yarn, buttons, and embroidery thread.

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