This week on Playful Preschool, the theme is reindeer. Reindeer are such beautiful animals and get well deserved special recognition at this time of the year. I had fun inventing a reindeer puppet craft using palm prints and fingerprints. I used my hand first to see if it would work and then did it with the Sugar Snaps. It looks much cuter with their tiny hands! I also came up with a poem activity to go along with the puppets. I am sharing a free printable of this activity so you can try it with your children or students.
Palm Print and Fingerprint Reindeer Puppet Craft
You will need:
- Brown washable paint (or mix your own from other colors. I used this tutorial on how to make brown paint from all other colors from WikiHow as a guide to mix mine).
- White paper or white or light colored cardstock (if you want the paper firmer for a puppet).
- Brown or red pom pom for nose
- One set of google eyes
- Paint brush
- Wet paper towels, wash cloth or baby wipes
- Craft sticks
Set out a sheet of white paper. Paint your preschooler’s palm brown and print it onto the paper. Wipe it off. Next, paint the fingertip of one index finger brown and help your preschooler to print ears, refreshing paint after each ear. Paint the entire index finger brown to print antlers, refreshing after each one. Then, paint and print the pinkie fingertip (and a little beyond) brown to make the tines (the ‘branches’) that come off of each antler. Allow to dry. Have your preschooler glue on a pom pom nose and google eyes. If you want to make a puppet, cut around the reindeer face or have your preschooler cut it out. Have your preschooler glue it onto a popsicle stick and allow it to dry before use.
I am sharing the poem I created to go along with the puppets below. You could have the children act out the poem with the puppets or wear reindeer antlers and act it out. Reindeer headbands can often be found at dollar stores or in dollar sections of department stores. Or, you could have the children make their own antler headbands. If you do not have the time or materials for the craft, simply have the children put their hands above their heads, palms out, to mime antlers.
For More Reindeer Preschool Lessons from the PLAYfulPreschool Education Team:
Swat the Letter: Reindeer Preschool Literacy Activity from Learning 2 Walk
Alphabet Activities: Reindeer Roll from Growing Book by Book
Reindeer Preschool Activities with Play Dough and Songs from Life Over C’s
Reindeer Noses Playdough Math Mats for Preschool: 1-to-1 Correspondence from the Preschool Toolbox Blog
Palm Print Reindeer Craft and Poem from Capri +3
Racing Reindeer Number Line Activity from Mom Inspired Life
Reindeer Christmas Snacks for Kids from Fun-A-Day
Reindeer Math Games for Preschool Learning from The Educators’ Spin On It