Spelling practice is getting harder and harder as spring has sprung, yet the grind of school continues.  The request to taking time to practice spelling words is being answered with whines and complaints.

That is why I am so excited about today’s tutorial on how to make DIY Letter Puppets.  Kids Activities Blog knows if you can make spelling practice fun, it will happen!

spelling practice letter puppets

Spelling Practice Letter Puppets

Making the letter puppets is the first part of the adventure.  I enlisted the help of my 7 year old who was excited to participate once he saw paint and googly eyes were involved.

Related: 26 Puppets for Kids to Make & Play

How to Make Letter Puppets

We started with a package of Plaid 4″ Letter Stencils.  These sturdy cardboard stencils were the perfect body for our puppets.  We punched the letters out of the stencils and then started to paint.

practice letter painting

I started with the vowels and had Rhett paint all of them Apple Barrel paint  Pool Blue and the other letters we varied the colors between Apple Barrel Petunia Purple, Banana, Candy Pink, and Lime Tree.

We painted both sides and put several coats on the front for full coverage.  Because the letters were cut out and we were working on cardboard, this was NOT a difficult painting project.  It is something you can do together with your child.

Plaid Apple Barrel Paint

Once the paint had dried, we added a topcoat of Plaid Mod Podge Washout  for Kids.  It seemed to me to be very similar to the regular Mod Podge product, but the clean up was easier.

Rhett rolled the Washout for Kids onto the painted letters with one of my favorite tools, the Mod Podge Roller Applicator.  It makes this process faster and less messy.

mod podge roller for washout for kids

While the top coat was still wet, we added paper streamers to the letters for decoration in colors that coordinated with our fancy letter puppet color scheme.

Once everything had dried, we added googly eyes to the front and craft sticks to the back for puppeteer accessibility.

letter puppets

Beyond Spelling Practice

Rhett started with just having fun putting words together for his puppet show.  We found that if he had a word longer than 4 letters it was hard for him to hold them during the performance.  We added a strip of hook and loop tape {both sides} across the top and he could set the craft stick ends into it and it would stay allowing his hands to be free for more letters.

letter puppet zip

We worked on his spelling words and sight words and then spelling his sight words.

What I loved most about this project was working on it with him.  The bonus was that he is excited to put on a puppet show for me and hardly even notices that we are studying!

spelling and sight word practice
This was the first time we used Mod Podge Kids Washout and I love how it is easier to clean up.
Since this project, we have used it several more times.  In fact, when Rhett wanted to work on a project by himself, that was what I grabbed to hand him knowing that we could easily wash it out of his clothes and clean up the work area without trouble.
To learn more about the kid-friendly {mom-friendly} Plaid products, you can  follow Plaid Crafts on Pinterest,  follow Plaid Crafts on Twitter  and  like Plaid Crafts on Facebook.

Check out the other amazing projects you can do like:

This super cute bug catching jar – perfect for spring!
mod podge, kids crafts

A kid’s clipboard to keep all their paper treasures in one place:

kids crafts

And upcycle common household trash into a sweet friend:

kids crafts

Thanks so much Plaid for all the fun!  You can also follow along on Twitter for more ideas with the hashtag  #plaidkidscrafts!  

Other bloggers have gotten into the fun and here are their projects:

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  1. Yes, yes, yes! Letters are shapes that stand for sounds. But they also have PERSONALITY! This is an awesome project!