Many of our favourite things start with letter P: puppies, puppets, play, painting, pillow fights, pink, and of course Pig, the adorable anthropomorphic star of Super Why on Kids' CBC. In his everyday form, Pig wears overalls and likes to pretend that he is a construction worker like his dad. When he transforms into a Super Reader, he dons a cape and goggles and becomes "Alpha Pig", with a magic toolbox filled with everything needed to help the team build words.
Pig is a popular character in our house as we work on identifying the letters of the alphabet, a key early literacy skill, and learn how they can be combined to create the words that make up our language. A "P is for Pink Painted Paper Bag Pig Puppet" craft is a playful way to capitalize on your child's affection for Alpha Pig while learning about the power and potential of letter "P".
Here is what you need to make your own:
- pink paint
- an egg carton
- a brown paper lunch bag
- blue, orange, yellow, and pink construction paper
- googlie eyes
- a black marker
- a paintbrush
Paint the front of your paper bag (the side with the bottom flap on it) pink. Allow to dry, and then turn over and paint back, if desired.
While you are waiting for the paper bag to dry, cut out one cup from an egg carton, and paint it pink. We used a slightly darker shade of pink, but you could use the same colour:
Cut two "p" shapes out of pink construction paper, leaving the centers intact. These will be Pig's arms (or paws). Cut two pink triangles out of pink paper for Pig's ears:
Glue one letter "P" onto each side of your paper bag. Add nostrils to egg carton with a black marker, and glue onto the flap of the paper bag to form Pig's snout. Glue googlie eyes above the snout, and ears to the top:
At this point, you can stop and play with your pink paper pig puppet. To turn your pig into Alpha Pig, cut a t-shirt shape out of blue construction paper and glue onto the front of your pig. Cut a rectangle out of orange paper to form Pig's belt, and glue onto Pig's shirt twards the bottom. Cut a large triangle out of yellow paper, and a slightly smaller triangle out of orange construction paper. Glue orange triange to yellow triangle, and glue both to the centre of the belt.
Cut a construction hat shape out of orange construction paper (an upside down bowl shape with a thick "c" shape for the brim). Cut out a small orange rectange, and a slightly smaller yellow rectangle. Glue to the centre of the hat. Glue hat between Pig's ears.
Once you are finished, use your Pig puppet to unlock the power of the alphabet. Have Pig ask your child to think of words that start with the "puh" sound. See how many words you can come up with, and then try a new sound. After a few rounds, let your child play Pig and ask you the questions. Pig can also play "find an object in the room that starts with a letter sound", or pick a certain letter out of a pile of alphabet magnets or foam cut outs. The possibilities are endless!