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As a child of the 70’s, I have distinct memories of watching The Muppet Show when I was a kid. It was on right before my bedtime, and I sat on the orange shag carpet of our family room watching Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest. Some of the guest stars — like Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett — I knew, while others — Alice Cooper and Zero Mostel — I definitely didn’t.
When The Muppet Movie came out a few years ago, I remember the gasps and murmurs of astonishment throughout in the movie theater at the first scene of Kermit riding a bike.
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Now that I have kids of my own, I’ve had fun re-visiting The Muppets all over again with them. I’m much more familiar with the guest stars these days (although I still have no idea who Spike Milligan is), and I recognize songs that I didn’t know when I was in elementary school. (For example, John Denver sang “Grandma’s Feather Bed,” which our 8th grade chorus had sung.
I did some searching and found these Kermit dolls, puppets, and other crafts. I hope you find something for you and your kids to have fun with!
Plush Kermit the Frog Dolls on Amazon
If you’re curious (or in a hurry):
This post originally was going to be all about Kermit the Frog hand puppets … but guess what? They’re almost impossible to find! The very few that I found on Amazon and Wal-Mart are no longer available. I found a few on ebay, but they were well over a hundred dollars, and I thought that was pretty steep for a puppet.
So I went searching for plush dolls, thinking they would have a similar appeal. And it’s not too hard to take the stuffing out of a stuffed animal and turn it into a puppet, if you want to.
This Kermit doll has arms and legs and is posable. Amazon reviewer A. Daugherty explains how this can come in handy:
I love this Kermit doll. I pose it a work and take selfies and pictures of it in different poses. The material it is made of is very good and I don’t see it peeling from use any time soon if ever.
Do people still collect Ty Beanie Babies? I remember that was a huge thing years ago. (The Berenstain Bears even had a book about it. This very cute — and accurate-looking — Kermit Beanie Baby got nothing but good reviews on Amazon.
Over and over again, reviewers called this Kermit doll “soft,” “adorable,” and “cuddly.” One reviewer named Sunshine added, “It is just the right size for my four-year-old grandson to carry around — not too big and not too small. It appears to be well-made, and should stand up to a lot of use from my active grandson!”
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Cute Green Frog Puppet on Etsy
Even Etsy didn’t have anything to offer in the way of Kermit puppets, but I did find this cute green frog puppet that looks pretty similar to Kermit. (Actually, I think he looks a lot like Kermit’s nephew, Robin — remember him?)
The frog’s fingers are posable and it comes with two attached arm rods. It is sized to fit an average adult’s hand and was not designed with the intention of being used by a child, but rather by an adult who is using the puppet to entertain children.
How to Hand-Sew a Plush Kermit the Frog with Legs
If you have more patience and skill with a needle and thread than I do, you can make this pretty great-looking plush Kermit with legs. Honestly, aren’t you amazed at how great that homemade Kermit looks?
The tutorial is very specific with lots of colored photos of each stage in the process. It definitely intimidated me when I looked at it, but if you’re into crafts, it’s a great option. And I imagine it would be pretty easy to modify it into a puppet (just leave the stuffing out, basically) and/or omit the legs if you want to.
The only item NOT on that list of materials is Antron puppet fleece, which you can buy, here on etsy.
How to Machine-Sew a Kermit Hand Puppet
These hand-puppets look pretty simple to make — I bet that even I could make them, once I re-learned how to thread a sewing machine! (It’s been literally decades.) It even comes with printable Kermit puppet pattern pieces.
Make a Cardboard Kermit the Frog Puppet
This is called a “cardboard puppet,” but it might be better described as a “flat Kermit with moveable arms and legs.” It would be a nice craft to do with kids, as the kids would enjoy the painting part and the adult could do the cutting and hole-punching.
Check out this page.
Kermit the Frog Paper Lantern Craft for Kids
These lanterns would make great decorations for a Muppets-themed birthday party! All you need are red, pink, white, and black cardstock, scissors and a glue gun, and a green paper lantern like this one pictured below:
Kermit the Frog Paper Plate Craft for Kids
This is probably the easiest craft on the list, and most of the materials are things you probably already have handy, like paper plates, green paint, pink and red construction paper, and a glue stick. The one extra you might to get is a Styrofoam ball to cut in half for Kermit’s eyes:
Kermit the Frog Magnetic Bookmark Craft
I can never have too many bookmarks, and I the nice thing about magnetic ones is that they aren’t always falling out.
A printable pattern is provided, and you’ll need white cardstock, ribbon, glue, and a flat flexible magnet like this one.
I hope you found at least one really great idea in this post that will help you re-discover and enjoy Kermit all over again!