I’m excited to share with you a tool that I use to bring variety into my preschool music class routine. My students get so excited when I bring them out!
That’s right: I’m talking about finger puppets!
There are so many good reasons to incorporate finger puppets into your preschool music classes:
- they are an easy addition to other activities such as songs, stories, etc.
- they provide a fresh approach to songs that you’ve been doing over and over
- they easily fit tiny hands
- they are a fun way to practice counting or sequencing
- they can help children with storytelling skills
For example, I frequently use the song “10 little (insert items or animals)” set to the tune of the Paw Paw Patch, switching out the counted objects to fit the class theme. I find that finger puppets breathe fresh air into this already familiar song to many of the students.
When I started using finger puppets, I would lead with one set and maybe let the students each have a turn at using them. Then it occurred to me that I could make enough for the entire music class to use. Here are some of my finger puppet designs available on my Teachers Pay Teachers store, along with sheet music for counting songs that match the theme.
Some of the finger puppet and song sets that I have available:
Monster Finger Puppets and Song
Monkey Finger Puppets and Song
Whether you use my designs or are inspired by this post to make your own, don’t hesitate to incorporate finger puppets into your music class routine! Your kids will love it!