According to Penn State University, puppets give children the outlet to work out their differences through dramatic play. Using puppets helps children learn conflict resolution in addition to teaching them methods of problem solving. When children make their own felt puppets, not only can they enjoy dramatic play, but they are given the enjoyment of creating something they can play with.
Have the child lay his hand down on a piece of paper with the fingers spread apart. Trace around his hand, down the thumb, across the three middle fingers, and down between the ring finger and pinkie finger.
Place this paper on top of two pieces of felt. Pin the paper to the two pieces of felt to keep them all in place. Cut 1 inch outside the outline of the hand with scissors, making the puppet slightly larger than the child's hand.
Cut several 4-inch long pieces of yarn. Glue them to one piece of felt at each side, near the top of the head.
Apply glue along the outer edge of one of the pieces of felt, except the bottom where the hand will slip into it. Apply glue over the yarn hair. Place the other piece of felt on top and press down.
Glue buttons on the puppet for eyes. Draw a mouth on the puppet with a black marker. Cut a circle shape out of another piece of felt and glue in place for a nose.
Draw other details onto the puppet such as buttons down the front, or a lace neckline for a woman. The child places her thumb and pinkie in the puppet's arms, and the other fingers in the middle hole for the head.
Use lace and other materials to embellish the puppet.