My girls both love paper bag puppets. They are fun crafts to make and great creative prompts to use while they are playing, reading, singing or making up their own stories.
- white paint and paintbrush
- paper bag,
- a printer,
- something to colour with and
- a piece of paper.
- Optional: large wiggly eyes
- Paint your paper bag white or cover with white construction paper (or sometimes you can actually buy white paper bags instead of brown ones -- having said that, my daughter Kaitlyn's favorite part of the craft has always been painting the bag).
- Print out the craft template of choice.
- Colour the pieces as appropriate and cut them out. (cutting may require adult assistance and can be pre-done).
- See the picture above for how the puppet should look when complete.
Get Familiar with your Paper Bag:
- I'm going to walk through this slowly. Look at your paper bag.
- It should be closed and flat like a piece of paper. Just like when they are brand new.
- On one side, it's all smooth. This will be the BACK of your
- It's important that all the kids get the back
and front straight at the beginning!
- It's important that all the kids get the back and front straight at the beginning!
- On the other side there's a flippy tab (which is
typically the bottom of the bag when you're carrying your lunch around...)
- This flippy tab will be the HEAD.
- Lift the flippy tab up a bit. Underneath of the
tab will be the mouth,
- When the child puts his hand in the bag,
he'll be able to make the puppet talk.
- When the child puts his hand in the bag, he'll be able to make the puppet talk.
- Look at the rest of the front of the bag. (The 3/4 or so of the bag below the part with the flippy tab) This will be the BODY.
- Look at the sides of the bag. There should be a FLAP of paper.
- We'll be slipping the arms (template 1) into
- We'll be slipping the arms (template 1) into this flap.
- If the kids goof and glue the arms onto the front or back of the bag, it isn't a big deal.
- OK, now that we're comfy with our bags, let's craft!
PUTTING IT TOGETHER:
- Glue the eyes onto the head.
- Glue the carrot nose onto the head, underneath the eyes.
- Glue the large black mouth under the flippy tab so it is visible when the mouth is closed.
- Glue the teeth under the flippy tab so they are still visible when the mouth is closed.
- Glue the twiggy "hair" onto the top of the head.
- Glue the arms into the FLAP.
- Glue the three buttons down the center of the body.
- Close template window when done printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).