Take story time to the next level and make the little girl in your life over the moon with our DIY unicorn finger puppet! After all, it’s easy to make and you may already have most of the supplies at home.
So let’s get started making our DIY unicorn finger puppet! (Please note: This is a great craft for the entire family. Certainly, younger children will need the assistance of older children or adults, especially for the cutting. But how they will love playing with the finished unicorn finger puppet!)
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn”
As a matter of fact, this DIY unicorn finger puppet was inspired by, and a perfect match, to the board book “Twinkle, Twinkle Unicorn.” (The book is available in-store at Bronner’s or by contacting customer service at 800.361.6736 or firstname.lastname@example.org. #1218445) In fact, publisher Little Simon says, “This magic unicorn is ready for sweet-dream adventures as she flies across the night skies. Little ones will love this enchanted twist on the classic nursery rhyme “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”!
DIY Unicorn Finger Puppet
- Yellow cardstock
- Google/wiggle eyes
- To begin with, print your circle and egg-shaped templates at https://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/template/V26ZU/circle-template-with-10cm-diameter/ and https://www.firstpalette.com/pdf/eastereggs-plain-med6.pdf.
- Secondly, using scrap paper or cardstock, cut out two circles and one egg from each print-out to use as masters. (Assist younger children with cutting.)
- Thirdly, trace the circle and egg shapes on yellow cardstock.
- Lastly, cut out the circle (2) and egg (1) shapes drawn on yellow cardstock.
DIY Unicorn Finger Puppet Assembly
5. First, glue the head (egg) to the body (circle).
6. Now glue the google/wiggle eyes to the head (egg). Cut the second circle in half. *This is where an adult’s or older child’s assistance will be needed.* Think comma or apostrophe and freehand- trim one half circle into the top mane and the other half circle into the bottom mane. Above all, reference the unicorn on the front cover of the book.**
7. Next, cut thin strips of mane just over halfway up each piece from the wide end. Color the mane. To teach the order of the colors of the rainbow; color in that order. Or just have the kids color the mane in any order of colors. Crumple the strips a bit for a windblown, 3-D effect.
8. Freehand cut and color an ear and horn.
9. Finally, glue onto unicorn head in this order: ear, horn, back mane, front mane.
(Glitter would make an extra whimsical addition to the mane and horn!)
Finishing Touches for DIY Unicorn Finger Puppet
10. As I have shown, using brown and black crayons, add nostrils and a smile to your unicorn.
11. At last (on the lower backside of the DIY unicorn finger puppet), use a dime or penny, depending on the size of the child’s fingers, or a nickel for larger adult fingers, to trace finger holes. Be sure to not get too close to the edge. Next, cut out finger holes. (To keep from bending the puppet in the process, an adult can open the hole for cutting by making a large slice through the circle with a mat knife.)
** For the youngest children, you may wish to pre-cut pieces and then assist them with coloring and assembly as needed.
Over two dozen unicorn ornaments are available at Bronner’s! Many of them can be personalized at no charge.
Tradition of the Unicorn
The unicorn is a mystical creature that has been spoken of for hundreds of years. Bronner’s tradition of the unicorn says, “The mythical unicorn has long been a source of enchantment. Solitary, swift and graceful, the unicorn had a single spiraling horn growing from its forehead. Sought by many, the unicorn’s horn was said to have medicinal and magical properties. According to legend, the unicorn disregarded Noah’s call to board the ark, preferring to frolic in the rains of the Flood. Ever since, unicorns exist only in our imaginations.”
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