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This is such a creative and open ended activity that your kids are going to love! Grab some crafting materials and of course your own Hallmark Itty Bittys to create your own kid-made puppets.
DIY KID-MADE ITTY BITTYS
The kids were so excited to receive their own DIY Itty Bittys, we have a ton of Hallmark’s Itty Bitty characters that the kids use to recreate scenes from their favorite movies and books. They’re the perfect size for little hands, which is why we use them with our own puppet theater.
Setting up the activity
You can pick up your own DIY Itty Bitty for this project at your local Hallmark. To start creating the Itty Bittys we went through our art supplies and picked everything out that we thought we could use for our creations. We had tulle for skirts, pom pom’s for hair, fabric markers, gems, yarn, and felt. My two year old was able to help too and used just fabric markers for hers. My oldest used some tacky glue to decorate which worked great! If you have an older child you can use a low temperature glue gun, which works best.
Before we started the activity the kids sat and brainstormed some ideas on what they were going to make. J loved the idea of making circus characters so I had him sketch his idea and then they started creating! You can print out your own Itty Bittys coloring page to help brainstorm by visiting Hallmark.com.
You can watch my kids creating their own Itty Bittys by watching the video below! They used the fabric markers and some gems for the noses. We let these dry overnight before they played with them so that their designs didn’t smudge when they played with them.
I love how this is open ended and is perfect for a variety of age groups! It was the perfect family activity for us to do together. The kids were so proud of their creations and loved putting on a show with our little circus we made! Daddy ended up making a clown, I made a lion, J had a tiger, and little A had a princess.
And of course you can’t create puppets and not have a puppet theater. So I created a quick one with the folded poster boards that you can find at any department store. I cut out a square, hot glued some pretty fabric, and added some foam circles on the outside for decoration. Then it folds up nicely when the kids aren’t using it!
What kind of Itty Bittys will your family be creating? Share your creations using the #ittybittysinventor hashtag! You can find more information about DIY Itty Bittys, including ideas and inspiration here: http://hallmark.com/ittybittysinventor.