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Number 86

Finger Puppets

 

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Bill and Bob my nephews love making things especially when it is raining and they can’t go out to play.

 

The other day, they were amusing themselves making finger puppets.

 

This is how they made them…

 

First, they cut out a piece of stiff paper 8cm wide and about as long as their first finger.

 

They drew a faint pencil line lengthways and crossways across the middle.

 

The features on the puppet are then very easy to do.

 

They drew the mouth where the lines crossed and put the eyes half way between the mouth and the top of the paper. The nose was then drawn between the eyes and mouth.

 

They rubbed out the faint guide lines.

 

Then, they drew a line across the paper about 1cm down from the mouth. Below this line is where you can design a costume.

 

Next, they fitted the paper around their finger and glued the paper into a tube, but you can also use staples or sticky tape if you want to instead.

 

They cut a strip of paper of about 2cm in width and 11cm long. They put a hand at each end and coloured the arms to match the costume.

 

Bill and Bob then decorated their puppets with hair, ears and hats.

 

You can make these puppets into anything you want.

 

The two in the photograph are a waiter and customer that Bill and Bob now use to tell their bad waiter jokes!

 

They think that they are good toys to take to places they find boring like going around the supermarket or travelling in the car.

 

lf you take your puppets out somewhere, be careful not to lose them.

 

Bill and Bob’s finger puppets like telling people jokes… like…

 

The first string puppet asks the second string puppet, “What are you doing here?”

 

He replies, “Oh, just hanging around.”

 

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Bob: What can you count on when all else fails?

 

Bill: l don’t know. What can you count on when all else fails?

 

Bob: Your fingers!

 

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Picture Gallery

 
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Waiter and Customer

 

image010 Grandmother and Grandfather Finger Puppet

 

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image014 Sister and Brother Finger Puppet and the Wag the Dog 

 

 

 

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All week Bill and Bob have been playing with their finger puppets and telling everyone their bad waiter jokes.

They are absolutely convinced that you would like to hear them too, so I promised that I would tell you.

 

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Here are some of them:-

 

“Waiter, waiter, there is a fly doing the backstroke in my soup!”

 

“He must be improving; he could only do the doggy paddle yesterday.”

 

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“Waiter, waiter, your finger is in my soup!”

 

“Don’t worry about me madam, the soup isn’t hot!”

 

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“Waiter, waiter, why does it say on this ketchup bottle label that the ketchup is made with slow tomatoes?”

 

“Because they were the ones that couldn’t get away in time!”

 

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 “Waiter, waiter, why is my cake yodelling?”

 

“Because it is made with tarzipan madam!”

 

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Quick Quiz

 

 
What do these phrases mean?

 

  1. readily at hand
  2. to be hand in glove with someone
  3. to bite the hand that feeds you
  4. to change hands
  5. to force someone’s hand
  6. to give/lend a hand
  7. to be in good hands

 

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR GLOVES lNTO LlTTLE PEOPLE

 
Embroider little faces onto the tips of your gloves. French knots for eyes and little ‘v’ shapes for mouths. It works even better if the gloves have different coloured fingers.

 

You will have a whole family of characters on your fingers to wiggle about!

 

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Or, if you have some left-over yarn, you can make these cute finger puppets to wiggle on your fingers. If you have very thin fingers, knit 2 stitches less on each width and if you have very long fingers, add two rows in the stocking stitch of the body.

 

If you turn the bottoms up, they can stand up on their own!

 

*If you want a different colour top and bottom on your puppets like the grandfather or son have, change colour half way up the body.

 

FATHER AND GRANDFATHER

Body – first colour

Using 4mm knitting needles and dk yarn cast on 16 stitches

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

 

Stocking stitch 10 rows (for grandfather change colour after 4 rows)

 

Collar – second colour

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

 

Face – third colour

Stocking stitch 4 rows

 

Hair – fourth colour

Stocking stitch 2 rows

Cut off yarn with 15cm/6 inches to spare and pull the end through the stitches

 

MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER

Body – first colour

Using 4mm knitting needles and dk yarn cast on 14 stitches

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

Stocking stitch 8 rows

 

Collar – second colour

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

 

Face – third colour

Stocking stitch 4 rows

 

Hair – fourth colour

Stocking stitch 2 rows

Cut off yarn with 15cm/6 inches to spare and pull the end through the stitches

 

CHILDREN

Body – first colour

Using 4mm knitting needles and dk yarn cast on 12 stitches

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

Stocking stitch 6 rows (to have a different colour top and bottom change colour 2 rows into the stocking stitch)

 

Collar – second colour

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

 

Face – third colour

Stocking stitch 4 rows

Cut off yarn with 15cm/6 inches to spare and pull the end through the stitches

 

BABY

Body – first colour

Using 4mm knitting needles and dk yarn cast on 12 stitches

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

Stocking stitch 4 rows

 

Collar – second colour

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

 
Face – third colour

Stocking stitch 4 rows

Cut off yarn with 15cm/6 inches to spare and pull the end through the stitches

 

DOG

Body – first colour

Using 4mm knitting needles and dk yarn cast on 14 stitches

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

Stocking stitch 6 rows

 
Collar – second colour

Knit 1 row, knit 1 row

 

Face – first colour

Stocking stitch 6 rows

Cut off yarn with 15cm/6 inches to spare and pull the end through the stitches

 

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TO MAKE UP

 

  1. Embroider on faces – a black French knot with the yarn wrapped once around the needle for the eyes and a red ‘v’ shape for the mouth.
  2. On the dog embroider two eyes, a triangular nose and a red tongue using lazy daisy stitch.
  3. Don’t worry if all the faces are different, it just means that they all have their own personality – just like real people! 
  4. Embroider a tie on the father’s suit, a motif on the grandfather’s jumper and a brooch on the grandmother’s dress.
  5. Attach bows to the dresses of the mother and daughter.
  6. Use the 15cm/6inch length of yarn left at the top for sewing up the back seam and sew in all loose ends to neaten. 
  7. Sew extra hair onto the females and sew two felt ears on the dog.   (Cut a paper pattern piece first to check you are happy with how they look before you cut them in felt.) 
  8. Of course, you can use any colours you like and any hairstyles and decoration as well.

 

These are good toys to take on holiday because they are small and light, but because they are small they might get lost so this is a pattern for a house to keep them all in.

You can make as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters and dogs as you want.

You can use the names of your own family and even use them as counters on board games, or you could make up a make believe family with names of your choice.

(You will know which counter belongs to each person because they will actually look like the player!)

You can have as many people living in your house as you like, luckily building regulations don’t apply to finger puppets! smile1 (2)

 

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HOUSE (KNIT TWO)

Using 4mm knitting needles and white dk yarn cast on 31 stitches

Knit 30 rows of stocking stitch

 

Change to the colour you want your gutter

Knit 2 rows of stocking stitch

 
Change to roof colour

Knit 10 rows of stocking stitch

 

Purl 1 row, purl 1 row

 

Knit 6 rows of garter stitch (50 rows)

Cast off

 

TO MAKE UP

Add house features like doors, windows, curtains, drain pipes, bushes and letterboxes in any way you like in coloured yarns by using Swiss darning and embroidery.

 

Sew the house pieces together along the bottom and sides.

 

Crochet 140 chains into a length of yarn and thread through the channel at the top of the bag then tie the ends together (or you could use narrow ribbon).

 
The doors are 7 stitches across and 18 stitches in height.

 

The larger window frames are 7 by 7 and the curtains fit inside.

 

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C=curtain

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You can make characters that look like your family and use them as counters on the board games that you play.

They will stand up on their own if you turn the bottom edge up.

 

Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use and for use in classrooms only.

It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

©Christina Sinclair Designs 2008sand

  

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Quick Quiz Answers 

 

  1. readily at hand –
  2. to be hand in glove with someone –
  3. to bite the hand that feeds you –
  4. to change hands –
  5. to force someone’s hand –
  6. to give/lend a hand –
  7. to be in good hands –

 

  1. something there for you when you want to use it
  2. to be closely associated with someone – to probably do something bad
  3. to be ungrateful to someone who has helped you
  4. something sold or given to someone else
  5. to make someone do something that they don’t want to do at that time
  6. to help out
  7. to be well cared for

 

 

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