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by Erica Fischer on Nov 9, 2017

Meet Pedro and María… as finger puppets!

Role play for young learners? Yes, please!

It’s no secret: in early language education (and even in middle and high school!), finger puppets are a win! Somehow, sometimes, it seems less intimidating to pretend you’re a puppet speaking Spanish rather than be yourself speaking Spanish.  Of course, young children usually love any kind of role play with stuffed or puppet creatures.  (My children can’t get enough of Toca Boca’s record-a-scene feature.)

So, when a customer recently suggested stuffed toys of the Calico Spanish Stories Online characters, or maybe puppets, we jumped on the idea.  We’d already played around with creating a foldable version of Rita la rana verde, but let’s just say that idea didn’t pan out.  It turned out that folding a proper frog doll from a sheet of cardstock was a project worthy of a college architecture class.  We knew the characters needed to be easy to make.  We researched some designs for puppet characters and our amazing graphic artist came up with foldable cone finger puppets.  She didn’t stop there.  She made the backgrounds!  And then she made Pepe’s birthday cake and birthday presents!

Meet our finger puppets

We’re making Pedro el pez azul and María la mona amarilla available here on the blog.  Other characters, including Pepe el perro café and Goyo el gato negro, as well as the backgrounds and props for playing with the characters, will be made available on the member site.  Stories Online subscribers will have access to printables of all our characters and various backgrounds and props.  Just click the image below for the PDF of Pedro and María.

Finger puppet printable of Pedro the blue fish and María the yellow monkey

Click for PDF.

But what if the kids want to color it?

Or if you have 300 students who each want their own puppets and who’s going to make that many color copies?  We’ve made you a blackline version, too.

Pepe who and Stories what?

Haven’t met Pepe el perro café or tried Stories Online yet?  If you click the red button on the homepage, you’ll quickly be into your 7-day free trial.  You get to explore 100% of our content (including the printable puppets) for 7 days with no obligation.  Enjoy, and please tweet, Instagram, or email us your pictures of your learners using these great finger puppets!  We love to see kids learning with our products.

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Erica Fischer
Erica is the founder and CEO of Calico Spanish. Her passion for teaching her own children to speak Spanish led her to create Calico Spanish. Our mission is to give all children the opportunity to learn to speak real Spanish for life.

6 Comments

  • senoritastuart

    I love the puppets! Two quick questions: 1) Will one be available that students can color? Printing a page in color for the hundreds of students I see would do not possible. Also, as a subscriber, where do I find the other character puppets? Gracias!

    • Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell

      Ah, black and white, great call. We’ll get on that right away.

      We’re phasing in the other character puppets very soon! You should get an email about it each time one is added.

      Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell

      The blackline version of Pedro and María is now linked in this post. Enjoy!

  • senoritastuart

    Muchas gracias!

  • Jennifer

    I think art projects in general (around these characters and the conversation questions) are great for the pre-literate learners using the Calico program. I have been inventing creative projects for the young learners. Perhaps we can pool ideas through the website.

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