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April 19, 2012

Finger Puppets for Babies

Rubber Glove Finger Puppets
Photo Credit: http://scribbit.blogspot.com/2007/07/rubber-glove-finger-puppets.html

A newborn’s vision is limited. Baby is unaware of things that are far distanced, but bring something right closer (between 8 and 10 inches) and her eyes light up with delight! Try this activity with younger infants in your classroom to stimulate vision and increase social interaction.You will need:

  • Finger puppets. You can create these with an old glove or a strip of construction paper rolled into a loop to fit around your finger. Draw a face on it, or create it into a character.


  • Lay Baby back or in a reclining bouncy seat.
  • Put on your finger puppets and hold them away from Baby. Slowly bring them near Baby’s face and wait until she focuses.
  • Speak slowly, and introduce each character in a fun and silly voice.
  • As you speak, bend your finger several times.
  • Ask questions, sing songs and tell stories!

You may notice that Baby will not follow the puppets’ movement with her eyes. They are just enjoying the interaction and sounds of your voice!