Adorable Crafts for Books! Old Macdonald Had a Farm (with FREE pattern!)

These finger puppets are fun to make with your toddler or preschooler, and fun to use as you sing along to Old MacDonald had a Farm. You might notice there is an unexpected character here – the bear! This is because I made these to go along with a specific version of Old MacDonald written by Gris Grimly which has a unique twist at the end.

To make your finger puppets you will need:

  • 1 sheet each of white, tan, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, gray, and black felt
  • 16 googly eyes
  • one small black pom pom (for the bear’s nose)
  • either hot glue or glue dots (hot glue will be more secure, but the glue dots are safer if your little one is going to help with this project)
  • Old MacDonald Finger Puppets Pattern (below)

Step 1: Cut out the pattern piece for the body, and then cut out 2 bodies each of brown, tan, pink, yellow, and gray. Cut 6 bodies out of white felt.

Step 2: Match 2 of each color of the bodies together and sew them together with a scant 1/4 inch, leaving the bottom open.

Step 3: Cut out the rest of the pattern pieces in the correct colors. This is how the animal parts match up with the bodies:

Step 4: Attach the animal eyes and parts to the bodies using hot glue or glue dots. Here are examples of the animals so you know what they should look like when finished:

You’ll notice that some of the parts get attached to the back (donkey ears, turkey feathers, cow horns) and the rest get attached to the front.

Once all the parts are on, you’re finished!

Here’s a link to Gris Grimly’s Old MacDonald if you’d like to check it out.

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