Daily attendance with a me stick puppet

One of the first things I like to have the children get into the habit of doing when they enter the classroom is to find their name. In our PreK class, Miss Cobb came up with this fun idea of creating stick puppets for our daily attendance board…

Daily attendance with a me stick puppet

To make the puppets, the children were invited to decorate a craft stick person any way they wished. Miss Lauren set out glue and a variety of collage and art materials for the children to choose from. On the handle of each stick puppet was the child’s name…

Daily attendance with a me stick puppet

The children found the puppet with their name printed on it and went to work designing their puppet anyway they wished. After drying, we noticed some of the pieces needed a little reinforcement so they wouldn’t fall off of their puppets while in use. We made sure that there was enough glue to hold the pieces in place without changing anything the children had created…

Daily attendance with a me stick puppet

Each morning, the stick puppets are set out on our shelf waiting for the children to see them as they enter the classroom.  The children put their back packs away then come back to the shelf to find their own puppet…

Daily attendance with a me stick puppet

And then put their puppet in their name pocket on our board so everyone will know who has come to preschool that day. You will notice a little helper stick is in the photo below as well. Each day the helper is moved to the next pocket and that will be our helper of the day….


Daily attendance with a me stick puppet

The children have quickly become familiar with this daily morning routine. It is a simple way to help them notice and recognize their name on the board and we can build on the process by talking about who is missing or how many children are present during our morning circletime…

Daily attendance with a me stick puppet

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By |2017-03-30T01:16:28+00:00September 13th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Tinka September 13, 2014 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Where do i get these little stick puppets to decorate. i live in Oklahoma and have not seen them

  2. Divya agarwal September 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I have liked the work done by you!!!

  3. Bette V September 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I use owls with their names on them. The children find their owl and attach to a tree using magnetic tape. Heading on the tree is Whoo’s Here?

  4. Pat Noe September 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this idea for taking “role call”! I have been doing a version of this idea for 15 years. I use the name tags (that we use at the very beginning 1st week of class) & I laminate them. When the children arrive to class, their name tag is already in their cubbie. They know to pick it up & transfer it to a pocket chart that is on the wall at the front of the room. When class is started, we first count the name tags (together as I point to each one) then we count the children that are sitting in circle. Are the numbers same? Different? Who is not here today? Children LOVE to see their name and it’s good name & alphabet recognition! And they learn their to recognize their friend’s names, too. Thanks for posting the stick puppet idea!!

  5. arsala September 14, 2014 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Really very interesting activities are design for the pre school . I really appreciate the role of all members who ate on the board of this website and helping all of us to improve our kids learning by these interactive low coste activities .
    Really I salute

  6. Meredith @ Homegrown Friends September 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I love this so much! Thanks for sharing Deborah. Having each child and teacher make a puppet is so meaningful! Sharing tonight!

  7. Keri Vandongen September 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah,
    I love your creative activities that you feature throughout your website. I’ll make a note of your site to refer to any of my keen preschool parents or teachers who are looking for fun & educational activity ideas to do with kids.

  8. Stacy @ Share&Remember September 17, 2014 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I like this idea. I have some stick puppets I wanted to use this month so I think I’ll will create something similar. Thank you!

  9. Pat Noe September 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I have been looking daily at your wonderful website for the last few years. But, unless I did something to my laptop, your website is not updating for me! The last post I show was from September 13 regarding stick puppets (which is a great idea, by-the-way). Are you still posting daily ideas for preschool teachers??? Thanks, Pat Noe

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 27, 2014 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Hi Pat,
      I have had to take a brief break and that was my latest post. I will be back on top of things again soon!

  10. Lesley @ early play September 29, 2014 at 1:07 am - Reply

    I love how the children created their own stick puppets. A bit difficult for my 2 year olds but we will adapt this and post it on fb.

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