How to Make a Reversible Felt Glove for Halloween Fingerplays
A reversible felt glove is easy to make to support attention-grabbing finger play with preschoolers. Pumpkins or ghosts or can be added to the fingers of a felt glove for some awesome Halloween rhyming, counting, and singing with early learners.
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Finger plays are a great way to support language and fine motor skills. Kids are drawn to silly lyrics, repetition, countdowns, and hand and finger movements offered in finger play.
Simple rhyming and a singsong tempo contribute to the ability of kids to repeat the verses. A prop such as a glove on one hand can enhance the presentation of words and movements to better hold the attention of early learners.
Grab some Halloween finger plays at the end of the tutorial!
DIY felt glove
A felt glove is a valuable tool to have in your toolkit. It is durable and colorful, and versatile enough to adapt to seasons or other circle time themes.
A fingerplay glove provides opportunities to engage kids in meaningful ways at circle time including:
- attracts kids attention
- contributes to sensory experiences with color and texture
- encourages engagement and participation
- highlights or extends a theme
- provides learning through play
This simple tutorial shows you how to prepare a fingerplay glove without a printed pattern. It can be sewn by hand or on a sewing machine.
- Felt - orange, white and black
- hook and loop closure
- permanent marker
Trace your hand onto a piece of orange felt with chalk.
Make the outline larger than your hand to allow for sewing two pieces of felt together.
Repeat on black felt.
Stitch the orange and black hand cut-outs together.
I used the sewing machine for this step but you can also sew by hand with a blanket stitch or straight stitch.
Secure one side of hook and loop closure to a finger of the glove, and the other side to the felt cut-out.
I used sew-on Velcro and stitched each piece by hand. You can sew non-adhesive hook and loop closure on the sewing machine if preferred, before you sew the two hand cut-outs together.
Alternatively you can use self-adhesive dots or strips of hook and loop closure.
If you look closely you can see the outline of the sewing machine stitch on three of the jack-o-lanterns, around the nose area. I stitched these cut-outs onto the orange felt fingers before sewing the two felt hands together.
I chose to sew most of the hook and loop closure (velcro) by hand after the gloves were sewn together, although it's more time consuming process.
A simple prop like a felt glove is great way to engage kids at home or in the classroom.
- Wear a glove on one hand to invite kids to circle time.
- Draw attention to an activity with a song or finger motion.
- Support basic math skills with countdowns and rhymes.
- Encourage kids to copy motions with their hands and fingers.
When doing fingerplay, you can bend and raise each finger to hide and reveal the cut-outs, or you can remove a cut-out completely from the hook and loop attachment.
Circle time fingerplay
Ghost finger plays
5 LITTLE GHOSTS
5 little ghosts came knocking at my door.
1 flew away and then there were 4.
4 little ghosts came to play with me.
1 flew away and then there were 3.
3 little ghosts came to say 'Boo!'
1 flew away and then there were 2.
2 little ghosts came for Halloween fun,
1 flew away and then there was 1.
1 little ghost said "I'm the only one."
So he flew off with his friends and then there were none!
5 Little Ghosts Singing and Storytelling - The Preschool Toolbox
5 Little Ghosts and No-Sew Puppets - Kids Activities Blog
5 Little Ghosts and Footprint Puppets - Toddler Approved
5 Little Ghosts Puppet and Fingerplay - Mama Smiles
Pumpkin finger plays
5 LITTLE PUMPKINS
1 little pumpkin is looking at you
Here comes another one and now there are 2.
2 little pumpkins are looking at me.
Here comes another one and now there are 3.
3 little pumpkins are sitting on the floor.
Here comes another one and now there are 4.
4 little pumpkins we've seen arrive,
Here comes another one and now there are 5.
5 little pumpkins are a marvelous sight,
Dressed up like jack-o-lanterns on Halloween night.
5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Vine - The Preschool Toolbox
I Can't Wait for Pumpkin Pie - Preschool Powol Packets
5 Little Pumpkins Feelings Rhyme - jDaniel4'sMom
Awesome hands-on activities for kids!