These paper bag hand puppets are great to use anytime of the year. You can use one or both of these ideas for lots of puppet fun. These puppets will help encourage dramatic play and enhance fine motor skills.
The directions suggest pre-cutting the nose and mouth shapes. This depends on your classroom’s ability. If your class has had practice using scissors, let them cut out their own noses and mouths for even more creativity.
- Brown paper lunch bags
- Glue or glue sticks
- Construction paper
- Yarn of various colors
- Googly eyes of all different sizes
- Felt (optional)
- Fun foam (optional)
All about Me Puppet
This puppet is an excellent craft for the beginning of the year. Allow students to make a brown paper bag puppet of themselves. Give every student a brown paper bag and explain that they are going to make a puppet that looks like them.
First, pass out yarn for hair and have students glue the hair onto the bottom of the bag where the head will be. Then, pass out googly eyes of various sizes and have students pick a pair and glue them onto the paper bag underneath the hair. After that, pass out felt, fun foam or construction paper shaped noses for your class to glue onto their puppets. You can pick just one material for the noses, or you can choose all three. Finally, pass out mouth shapes from fun foam, construction paper, or felt and have students glue those onto the bag. A fun option would be to include tongues as well.
My Pet Puppet
This puppet craft is another wonderful option that can be used anytime of the school year. Explain to your class that they are going to make a pet puppet. They can model it after a pet they have at home or a pet they want. They can even make up their own. Brainstorm a list of pets that would make a good puppet if needed. Give every student a brown paper bag.
First, pass out yarn or felt, whatever you choose to let students use as fur. Have students glue the fur on the puppet. Next, pass out googly eyes and have students glue the eyes onto their paper bag puppet. Next, pass out the animal noses you cut out made from construction paper or fun foam and have them glue it on. Finally, pass out the animal mouths that you cut out of various materials. Allow students to choose one and have them glue it onto their puppet.
Make a Stage
- Butcher Paper
These puppets provide a great opportunity for your students to get involved in dramatic play and explore role playing. It also provides a chance to engage your students’ imagination. One way to do this is to create a stage for puppet shows. An easy way to do this is to use a table in your classroom. Move it to the front of your classroom and cover it with a tablecloth. Use the butcher paper to create scenes for the puppet shows. Place students in groups of three or four and allow them to work together to create scenes for the puppet shows.
When students go up to put on a puppet show, allow them to choose which scene they want to use.
The choices for making paper bag puppets are endless. Read more about puppet ideas right here at Bright Hub!