When I saw the Octonaut finger puppets by Glittering Muffins I knew this was something my son would love! However, I didn't have much time to get around to it until I was home for two days with a sick child. So guess what? Plenty of time on my hands!
He loves the Octonauts, and it's one of his favorite shows. To cheer him up (since he was gloomy) I told him I'd make some Octonaut finger puppets for him. Valerie from Glittering Muffins has graciously uploaded a template for us to use! So I had hubby print the template, and I started working on them. I used googly eyes, and permanent markers for the details. (The template available is for five of the main characters: Dashi, Peso, Kwazii, Captain Barnacles, and Shellington).
After I finished, my son was super happy then he starts counting them, and says that "some" were missing? He names all of them, and I'm like OK. I used the basic "body" templates to make the Tunips, Professor, and Tweak. Then I started cutting out the rest of the pieces for the puppets.
Oh my, my son was beyond excited, and happy!!! Then he asked if I could make a puppet theater. In my mind, I was like "are you serious?" ... he's sick, but this child can really ask for stuff! LOL I started looking around the house for something small enough to make the puppet theater. It had to be simple, and easy. I found a white box lid, and bingo! All I had to do was draw the Octopod on it, and have him color it. I then cut out the windows for the finger puppets.
He spent hours playing with the finger puppets, and he even went to bed with them!