Cut and Paste Puppets
I call these patterns or templates to make paper bag puppets, but creative teachers will think of all kinds of things to use them for - other kids of puppets, teacher props to introduce themes, conversation starters, collages etc. There are 2 pages for each animal - one in color, and one in blackline.
• You will have best results if 110 lb card stock is used to print.
• Attaching the pieces with a glue stick or tape is easier than liquid glue.
• With young children, cut the pieces out for them, or draw a light line around the tricky bits for them cut
• Use only the pieces that you need – the tummy pieces are not really necessary for all the puppets. Use only two legs if you want. The tail goes on the back of the bag, and attaches best with tape. Twist long tails around a pencil to give 3 dimensional look.
• Some of the animals (such as the giraffe or the horse) will look more “realistic” if the bag is put on its side, instead of upright.
• You don’t have to use paper bags. An oval of construction paper makes a good “body”, and you can make it any size you want.
• You could just use the head taped to a large size craft stick/tongue depressor.
• Since there are lots of different kinds of animals, you could use only farm animals to create a farm, or birds for a birds theme, etc