I belong to a small group of mom’s that get together every other Monday. It’s a great group and the kids get along so well together. We try to have one “activity” and this week was my turn hosting. Since all the kids are young (the oldest is 20 months) it’s difficult to find something that they all can do and have fun with. We’re not really at the coloring, building, digging, pay attention for long stretches of time stage yet, so it’s pretty challenging. In lieu of having the kids do the crafting, I decided to make something that they could play with later. After browsing around online I settled on knitting finger puppets (as seen in Knitty).
The eyes and mouth were very difficult for me, but at least they have a face. We tried to corral the boys to read Peter Rabbit with the puppets, but mostly they just wanted to run around and climb the stairs. Boys (sigh). Once they get older I’m sure it will be more fascinating.
If you do have an older child, this could be a really great way for them to get engaged with books and identifying animals. I made an elephant as well, but have yet to put eyes on him. The ears of the bear were giving me some trouble so I have yet to figure that out. Either way, their very quick to work up and don’t require a lot of yarn (I just used stash yarn). If you’re looking for something quick and easy to knit, these fit the bill.