Make Your Own Dimoitou Hand Puppet - Toronto Teacher Mom

Make Your Own Dimoitou Hand Puppet

Monday, November 10, 2014

When my daughter was in nursery school, I remember her teacher sending home a teddy bear one weekend along with a journal to record our activities together. It was such a great idea and we really enjoyed reading the journal entries recorded by other families that this year I am going to try something similar in my French class. Our grade one program is Dimoitou and it includes a cute puppet that the students adore. I thought about sending the puppet home with the kids but seeing as it is irreplaceable and for fear of having it misplaced or ruined, I decided to make a simpler version instead. Using felt, I made my first ever hand puppet.

Handmade Dimoitou Hand Puppet

After sketching out a rough design, I used green, red, yellow and black felt to cut out the body, mouth, eyes and nose. Then came the hard part: sewing all the pieces together. I don't own a sewing machine so I resorted to the needle-and-thread method. You know, the one where I prick myself at least once twice thrice. While my stitching technique could use much improvement, I feel the Dimoitou puppet turned out just fine. 

Dimoitou Hand Puppet - Dimoitou chez nous

I am putting together three sets of take-home bags, one for each of my grade 1 classes, which will contain a Dimoitou puppet, a Dimoitou chez nous journal, a pencil, a pack of pencil crayons to illustrate an activity, a book to read, a contents checklist and instructions for the parents as well as a vocabulary reference sheet should they want to attempt writing out a sentence. I am hopeful that students will be enthusiastic in sharing what they are learning with their families while caring for Dimoitou. If you'd like to make your own Dimoitou puppet, I have included my template for you below. (Click on the thumbnail to download a PDF copy.)

Dimoitou Hand Puppet


If you plan on purchasing materials at Michael's, remember to use their store coupon for 40% off one regular price item. I also showed my OCT membership card to enjoy an additional 15% off my entire purchase. You gotta love teacher discounts!

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I love that you are doing take home bags thats very sweet. and the puppet looks great

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  2. What a cute puppet! I love making things like this for and with my grandkids.

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    1. RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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    2. Thanks, Annie! You have lucky grandkids.

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  3. You did a great job on the puppet. I am sure your students will have fun sharing the take home kits with their families. Fun learning! (Judy Cowan)

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    1. Thanks, Judy! So far, they are loving it!

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  4. My son would LOVE this! We are really into puppets in our home. So cool

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  5. cute puppet to play with the grandkids!!

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  6. I haven't made a puppet in years, since my boy's elementary school days...
    We're not familiar with Dimoitou, but my girl would love the puppet :)

    The template seems fairly simple, thanks for sharing!

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  7. That is adorable! thanks for sharing!

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  8. Looks amazing, not sure if our little one wants to play with it, but to cheer up the cousin for sure.

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  9. Most people love hand made things and I am one of them, I am going to make some sock puppets with the grandkids next weekend. I am using up my old odd socks

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  10. That's really cute!

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