Simple hand puppets
A simple toy dog hand puppet.
The simplest hand puppets are those with few or no moving parts. They can be stiff, made from e.g. a hard
plastic, but are more often flexible, made from
fabric, possibly with some stuffing and attached decorations for eyes, nose, and so on. The mouth may be a mere decoration that does not open and close, or the thumb may enter a separate pocket from the rest of the fabric and so simulate a
mandible, allowing the puppet to talk.
Simple hand puppets are usually not much larger than the hand itself. A
sock puppet is a particularly simple type of hand puppet made from a sock. A glove puppet is slightly more complex, with an internal division for fingers allowing independent manipulation of a character's arms. The unconsumed hand of the puppeteer is usually concealed from the audience to maintain the illusion of the puppet.
Simple hand puppets, especially popular
licensed characters, are sometimes distributed as children
party favors. Children usually like to experiment in play with a puppet creating voices and movements and in many cases staging a strictly private performance.