We’re welcoming the birds of spring with this little finger puppet craft from Travis’s Ranger Rick Jr.! The pom pom puppets probably come out close to a hummingbird’s true size, which is neat to think about.
First, Travis selected which color pom poms we should use for the bodies. His was dark blue and light blue, and mine was yellow and pink. Glue the two pom poms together.
Next we snapped toothpicks in half for the long pointy beaks. Glue a half onto whichever pom pom will be the head. Cut triangles from foil cupcake liners, and use two for the wings and one for a tail.
Googly eyes complete the little birds.
To make them into puppets, cut a strip of felt and glue into a circle that will fit your child’s finger. Glue onto the bottom of the pom poms and let dry.
Now flutter your hummingbirds! Ranger Rick even included a sweet little poem to recite as you fly them around.
Look in your garden
And you just might spy
A hummingbird flash
As it quickly flies by.
Watch the small bird
Putting on a great show –
Moving this way and that,
Always on the go.
When it finds flowers
So bright and so fair,
It sips sweet nectar
While still in the air.
Travis even had the birds drinking “nectar” from some other toys!