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Kid crafts - Felt Pipe Cleaner Creatures. This type of animal fits comfortably into a pocket or pencil case.
Felt Finger Puppets I made some of these for my son when he was about 2 to help teach him the names of animals and to encourage speech. We still have them today and he is now 9. I made a small pull string bag to store them in and we used the large popsicle sticks