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Love is love is love, Little New-Yorkers! June is Pride Month and we’re kicking off our celebration this year with the beautiful picture book Julián is a Mermaid by the aptly named Jessica Love. Pride is a time to recognize and celebrate the joy, strength, dignity, and visibility of the LBGTQ community. Pride is a time to celebrate kids like Julián; kids who passionately and boldly live their truth. In this story, Julián dreams of the magic and excitement of dressing up as a beautiful mermaid and reveling in the famous Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Join us this week as we explore this story of love and acceptance and create our own underwater friends to party with!
June 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Here at the New-York Historical Society, we celebrated the occasion with two exhibitions and a special installation. To find more Stonewall and Pride related objects like the one below, click here to explore our collection.
Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Printed finger puppets template (template here)
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, crayons
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Get excited!
We are so ready for some under the sea celebrating with our puppet pals!
STEP 2: Color in your underwater finger puppets
Use whatever coloring materials you have to give your underwater pals some flair! Make them your own.
STEP 3: Cut out
Use scissors to carefully cut out your finger puppets along their outlines.
STEP 4: Cut out finger holes
In order to make your puppets move, you need to cut out the circles for your fingers to fit through. Carefully using your scissors, cut out the finger holes.
STEP 5: Party!
How do your underwater puppet pals move? What do their voices sound like? What might they say to Julián?
Use your finger puppets to put on a show! Create your own finger puppets by drawing any creatures you’d like and cutting two holes for your fingers or attach popsicle sticks to the back. The world is your oyster!
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!
By Olivia Sweet