here.) I had a chance to spend an afternoon at Vesturbaejarskoli, an elementary school in downtown Reykjavik. The teacher I visited with introduced me to the school's art teacher, who showed me some amazing projects. She showed me some finger puppets using plaster bandages (I had never even heard of these - she gave me a roll to take home so that I could find them in a craft store!) I took a picture of her project (below) and used her instructions to create my own finger puppets with a grade 4/5 class.
During the first class, students wrapped each others fingers using pre-cut plaster bandages (purchased at a craft store, very easy to find!) I meant to coat their fingers with hand cream first, but even though I forgot, the bandages came off very easily. We let them dry around 5 minutes on the fingers, then slid them off to harden.
For the rest of the period, students worked on their planning sheet. They had to plan how they would paint/draw their finger puppet - 2 different ideas, so they had a choice the next time they came.
When students came back 2 weeks later, the finger forms were rock hard, the plans were ready to go, and the students had nothing to do but paint! I asked them to sketch out their drawing on their finger mold using pencil crayons, which made it so much easier when they started painting. There really isn't much more to it - once they were done painting, their puppets were ready to go!
If you look at the finger mold above, you can see the plan sketched out.