- Petroleum jelly, optional
- Rigid or casting wrap, cut into 4" (10cm) strips
- Bowl of water
- Googly eyes
- Yarn or doll hair, optional
- Clay, optional
What To Do
- Choose your first "patient" and apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the child's finger, if desired. Dip the strips of wrap into the bowl of water and wrap them loosely aroundthe child's finger, forming a cast.
- Carefully remove the cast before it hardens.
- When their casts harden and dry, invite the children to paint faces on them. Help the children attach eyes and hair, if desired.
- Attach some clay to the base of the casts if you want the puppets to stand on their own.
More To Do
Circle time: Invite the children to discuss safety and how to avoid accidents.
Dramatic play: Use the puppets to act out a scene in a doctor's office or hospital.
Curious George by H.A. Rey
I Can Tell by Carolyn Otto
Maggie and the Emergency Room by Martine Davison
Office Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
--Carol Nelson, Rockford, IL