My daughter got another great crafts set for her birthday from Australia: Puppets on ice cream sticks with different facial expressions. They led to a discussion on how we feel and recognise and consider the feelings of others. This was quite a fun thing to do with the children at home after almost two weeks of road tripping in northern Finland.
The faces of these ones were pre-made and easy to use as stickers, but these would be easy to make from the scratch too, just draw on paper, cut and glue. I liked the idea of making hands out of pipe cleaners to be able to reinforce the emotion, e.g. fists in the air for the angry face. It was also easy and fun to make dresses out of feathers. We all made 3 each, so we have a total of 9 puppets. As suggested in the instructions, they have a different expression on the other side giving even more opportunities for a puppet show!
Of course these puppets would be hard to make for toddlers but with pre-cut faces they could glue them on the stick, like we did flags and flowers back in the days.