Winter Woodland Puppets

It’s November and winter is inching ever closer. We have just set the clocks back and the sun sets and the night cools sooner and sooner.

Seems like the perfect time to start making for the new season so you’re ready for it when it arrives in full force! How about something that will make the days we will soon be spending indoors a little more whimsical and fun? Something like finger puppets!

The Winter Woodland Puppets are the second installment in my Woodland Puppets series.

We have already met our fall friends; fox, owl and hedgehog.

Fall Woodland Puppets.
Available on Etsy and Ravelry!

Now it’s time to meet the winter crew of friends! Polar bear, penguin and deer!

Some pattern details:

  • The winter set comes with instructions for all three of the animals in one pattern.
  • You’ll need DK weight yarn, each puppet takes approximately 15-20 yards of the various color combos for each animal, a D/3 mm crochet hook, a needle and scissors. I designed the pattern with Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.
  • Pattern has written instructions for crochet pieces and a complete picture tutorial of how to assemble your puppets and apply their face.
  • Made with simple stitches and techniques and does require a tiny bit of embroidery for the faces. (Though I had a tester use fabric paint for her faces and they turned out super cute!)
  • I DO allow sales of finished pieces made from my patterns! Yay!

What do I do with puppets?

One of the reasons I love puppets is because they are an amazing way to facilitate language with your child. Having a child with a speech delay means I learned a lot about how important play is to social and language development.

From the simple act of helping you catch your child’s attention to teaching them more complex ideas like spatial awareness (think up, down, behind, around) puppets are an amazing tool for learning! 🥳

Puppets are great for:

  • Capturing attention.
  • Telling stories.
  • Teaching feelings.
  • Practicing social skills.
  • Teaching spatial awareness.
  • Singing songs.
  • Developing motor skills.
  • Encouraging creative play.

And these particular puppets will work well for teaching animals to your preschooler! Especially if you get all four seasons. That’s 12 animals to learn!

And there’s probably more that I couldn’t think of! I would love for you to let me know any more activities you could use these little guys for.

Where to get the pattern:

Get a copy of the pattern on Etsy. You can also find the Fall Woodland Puppets there too!

Also, available on Ravelry. You can grab the e-book on Ravelry to get all the seasons too! Fall and Winter are part of it now and you’ll automatically receive Spring and Summer when they release. The e-book is a buy 3, get one free deal so it pays to bundle them together!

If you make your own puppet friends I would love to see! Tag me @woodland.stitchcraft on Instagram.