Glove Puppets: Three Little Pigs

My daughter transformed an old glove into sweet little finger puppets--which we've now used for many fun afternoons of storytelling! We chose the Three Little Pigs theme because it is my daughters favorite after learning it in a preschool performance. (Of course at that performance she stared down at the ground and quietly whispered her lines--only to get home and turn into Liza Minnelli in the Three Little Pigs!) Since then, this handy toy has become a household favorite. You never know what will happen with those innovative little pigs!

  1. Ages: 3 - 8

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed


Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    The excitement was in the air with this one! Emma loves story telling and loves puppets even more. The thought of making her own was over-the-top exciting. First find an old glove, and gather the rest of your materials. This project is very flexible. You could replace the sponges with felt or even do the entire face with the foam sheets. Whatever you have around will work.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Cut your shapes out of the sponges to begin adding the feature details. You could do so many different characters with this. We have made the Five Little Monkeys and have even created our own characters.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Once you have your faces cut out you can start adding details. Foam is pretty easy for children to cut. Emma was able to cut shapes for the ears, noses, and mouths. I love how imperfectly adorable these came out.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Next add the eyes. This is when these guys really start to come to life! While we made these, we talked about different story lines we could have for the three little pigs. Maybe the wolf could be a friendly wolf that goes on vacation with the pigs or maybe the little pigs are starting a new school with a charming wolf teacher....

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Once the faces are all on, go ahead and glue them right onto each finger of the glove. We placed a little piece of foam in the fingers to prevent the glove from sticking closed. Then we just pulled out the foam pieces when the glove was dry.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    Letting this dry overnight is a good idea. They came out so adorable! Eventually, Emma decided to cut off each finger of the glove so that she could have each of her little pigs make solo appearances. I see a little director in my future!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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