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Sitter Sock Puppet Kit

Kids LOVE sock puppets!

I've started a new job with College Nannies Sitters and Tutors in Tampa and I'm super excited because as a mom, crafter and teacher for the past 7 years, I have a lot to share with the sitters to help them meet the needs of our clients. I'll add some ideas here from time to time.

When you're a creative, responsible and engaging babysitter, kids love you and  want you back. You gain valuable life skills and references while helping families.

With a little bit of planning there are so many fun ways to connect with kids.  You can create a few themed boxes or bags to take along on jobs. Most of what you need can be found in the Dollar Tree and in your own closet or recycling bin. I've cut up old clothes and ripped off buttons to save for projects. If you are in school for teaching, its never too early to start collecting for your classroom. Garage sales, friends with kids, and thrift shops are great places to start.  




    



SOCK PUPPET KIT SUPPLIES

MEDIUM PLASTIC BOX WITH LID
CLEAN SOCKS
THICK CRAFT GLUE
SCISSORS
YARN
GOOGLE EYES
FELT AND FABRIC SCRAPS
 PING PONG BALLS
PIPE CLEANERS
BOWS
BUTTONS
POM POMS
FUN FUR



DIY Classic Sock Puppets
handmadecharlotte.com


Sock Puppets
Funfamilycrafts.com Puppy Puppet




These sock puppets are so easy and a ton of fun! Perfect DIY project for kids




Recycled Fruit and Yogurt Pouch Lids



One day at lunch in the Prek, it dawned on me that these potential plastic playthings were being tossed in the trash each day.  What a waste.  They have so many possible educational uses and the kids love collecting them! Pretty soon every kid in that lunchroom was handing them to me. My class would get excited to find a rare color like orange to add to our graph. The plastic wheel shapes are perfect for sorting,  manipulating, stacking and creating. The green twisty caps look like propellers or firefly wings. We used popsicle sticks to connect them make trees.  
  

The girls loved stringing them on plastic cording.


These are a super easy and fun tool to practice making patterns, working on fine motor skills and being creative! The kids loved saving the lids and counting them out each week.  They can be wheels or eyes or airplane parts. One kid made a structure using lids and straws like Tinker Toys. 
Why not recycle and make a game out of collecting them?
For other ideas check out my Pinterest page for
College Nannies Sitters and Tutors of Tampa Bay