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This is one of a collection of
bag puppets. Most of the puppets are assembled with 2 or 3 piece templates for children 2+
This eagle is a bit more advanced for children
ages 5+ with 10 pieces plus optional Uncle Sam hat assembled
with 6 pieces. The craft can be adapted for younger children by pre-assembling
parts of the craft ahead of time or dividing the activity in two
Teaching Aid - Color Version:
The color version is meant for the educator (parent, preschool
teacher, child care provider or baby-sitter) to use as a teaching
helper and also as an example of the finished craft.
1. Story time helper:
The puppet can be the story teller and reader. It can
bring excitement and enthusiasm during reading time.
This "helper" can ask questions to the children during and
after the reading. Later the children can have fun assembling
their own puppet using the color or black and white version templates.
2. Introduce any new topics:
The puppet can help introduce any new theme, or topic such as letters
of the alphabet (E is for Eagle), numbers, colors, science concepts, animal facts (read
seasons, special occasions & events. Visit the bald
eagle lesson plan activities that address information about the
United national bird and can be included within patriotic holidays,
such as the Fourth of July
2. Potty Training / Dental Care / Nutrition/ Visits to the
Doctor / Character Education (Citizenship):
The puppet can be a great aid in those special times when parents need
a fun helper in potty training, dental care, trying a new food,
and give that little nudge and friendly reminder to have the
children cooperate in picking up their toys, help in learning how to
dress themselves, and even alleviate the anxiety to a visit to the
doctor or dentist, or to help introduce a new caregiver, etc. The
bald eagle is a great opportunity to address citizenship.
3. Musical Conductor
These puppets are great to get the children in the mood for singing
that new song or nursery rhyme! Try it!
4. Safety Issues
The puppet can help introduce and role play safety issues: how
to deal with strangers, fire safety, water safety, crime
prevention, how to call 911 and what to do in an emergency,
childhood poison prevention, etc.
5. Alphabet - Letter Recognition - E
is for Eagle lesson and printable activities
Introduce or reinforce letter e recognition.
6. Crafting Activity and Homemade Toy:
1. The black and white version allows the children to be creative and personalize
the puppet. Provide a
variety of art materials to color, paint and/or decorate the puppet
with additional materials like craft feathers.
Printing and Assembly instructions:
1. Print templates of your choice with or without Uncle Sam hat. Help to cut out if needed and group templates> hat
templates, head templates and body templates separately.
Note: The wing templates can be traced to black or dark
brown construction paper or colored in.
a. Ahead of time, cut a piece of black or dark brown construction paper to
cover the front of the paper bag, glue and fit under the flap.
b. Optional> Distribute Uncle Sam hat templates. Make a
demonstration of how the hat is assembled and make sure to discuss and
have the children identify the recognizable shapes:
stars, rectangles, etc. Discuss the national colors of the
United States (red, blue and white as depicted in the hat).
Idea: The hat can be pre-assembled to make the craft a bit easier for
large groups or younger children.
b. Distribute head pieces (head, eyes and beak). Have the
children glue the assembled Uncle Sam hat over the head first.
Glue the face features> eyes and beak (optional: substitute
eye paper templates with wiggly eyes).
c. Glue the finished head (with or without hat) over the edge of
the front flap of bag.
d. Glue the wings, tail and feet.
3. Here is a generic illustration
of how to place pieces on the bag.
Bald Eagle Paper Bag Puppet
optional Uncle Sam Hat
10 pieces +
Hat 6 pieces
Craft Color Templates:
1 & 2
or 2a with Uncle
Black & White Templates:
1 & 2
or 2a with Uncle
*paper or construction paper or card stock
*something to color or paint with
*lunch size paper bag or Popsicle stick/craft stick/new pencil