For my Dr. Seuss story time earlier this month, I made a few hat finger puppets to go with this poem:
One little cat on a sunny day
Put on his hat and went out to play
Two little cats when it started getting dark
Put on their hats and went to the park
Three little cats when the sky was blue
Put on their hats and went to the zoo
Four little cats by the kitchen door
Put on their hats and went to the store
Five little cats on a sunny day
Put on their hats and they all ran away.
I found my cat puppet and tried a hat on--he really became "The Cat in the Hat." :)
The hats were made from empty toilet paper tubes covered in strips of craft foam. I used hot glue to place the foam on.
It was fun creating hats in different color combinations. After my story times, I let the kids play with the puppets for a couple of minutes and they really enjoyed that. The teachers said they liked the idea and perhaps could do it next year for Dr. Seuss's birthday. The only change would be to use another kind of glue that would be safe enough for kids to use. It just has to be strong enough to glue the craft foam in place. Another alternative would be to use construction paper instead of the foam.