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Finger Puppets

Samson and Delilah


Here's some easy-to-make finger puppets to tell the story of Samson and Delilah, and where poor Samson will lose his hair!  Different puppet characters can be made in the same way for other stories.

Materials Needed:

Sheets of A4 thin card.
A packet of cotton wool.
Short lengths of 20mm diameter wood dowel.
Scissors and craft knife.
Glue stick and Sellotape.
Marking pens and crayons.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2 (or older classes).


Making the Puppets:

Cut the card into 150mm by 80mm strips and then roll them around the dowel sticks and glue or sellotape the ends to form tubes.  The children can then draw faces on one end of the tubes with marker pens to make Samson and Delilah puppets.  Hair is made by taking a wad of cotton wool and pressing part of it into the tube.  In the case of Samson, make sure the tube is half-full as this will be needed later in the story.

Click here for the Bible Story Lesson

The children can "dress" the puppets with clothes cut from thin card which is then glued onto the tubes (see pictures).   They can use crayons to decorate their puppets.  Let them also make Philistine and other character puppets.

When completed, they can act out the the story by each using a puppet on their finger.  At the right time Samson is given a hair-cut by cutting off his hair with scissors!  And then at the right point, his hair can be made to "grow" again by pushing up more cotton wool through the tube!

God bless.


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