Ask each child to bring in a George Washington quarter. Give each child a 3-inch square of blue construction paper. Help children roll the paper around one of their fingers and tape the tube closed. Slip the tube off each child's finger. Next, tape each child's quarter to the top of the blue paper tube.
If you don't want to ask students to bring in a quarter, you might scan or photocopy a page of quarters to use with this activity. You might even use the enlarge capability on your copier to make the image of Washington's head a bit larger than that on an actual quarter, or use this image.Then give each child a 1-1/2 inch square of blue paper. Show children how to fold it corner to corner to make a triangle. Glue this "hat" to the top of the finger puppet.
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