About five years ago I started teaching a sculpey art enrichment class at the school I work at. Out of the countless art classes I’ve taught over the years, this is by far the most popular. The kids LOVE this class. I give them a lot of freedom, which I think is part of the appeal, but also Sculpey is just so much fun. This week the project was finger puppets, thanks to an amazing 8 year old I know. They were so much fun to make and really great to play with afterwards.
The steps are pretty simple. Make a ball a little bigger than your thumb. Stick the eraser end of a pencil in the ball almost halfway down and remove. Stick your finger into that hole and form a mushroom top over the top of your finger. Set it on the table to flatten and smooth the bottom a little bit. Then, add whatever details you’re in the mood for. The kids really liked the ghost, which is the most simple. I am all halloweened out, so I’m glad there are a lot more options than just ghosts. I love the long hair on the one above, made by a first grader. The amazing Miss Piggy below isn’t a finger puppet, but it’s totally awesome and I just wanted to share it, since the creator gave me the idea for the scupley finger puppets. Thanks Frankie! Keep the ideas coming.