Cow Craft | Paper Bag Puppet | Bull | Ox | Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials
This is one of a collection of easy-to- assemble paper bag puppets for children ages 2+ and older. It can quickly become one of your favorite"teaching and learning helpers" and a great homemade toy! If you don't have paper bags, that's O.K., because it can also be a craft stick puppet printed on card stock.

Teaching Aid - Color Version >
The color version, available in blue, is meant for the educator (parent, preschool teacher, child care provider or baby-sitter) to use as a teaching helper. Laminate for durability. The black and white version can be printed directly on color craft paper.

Ideas and suggestions:
  • Story time helper: The puppet can be your assistant storyteller and reader. It can bring excitement and enthusiasm into the reading time.This puppet "helper" can be one of the characters, an ask questions to the children during and after the reading. Later the children can have fun assembling their own puppet using the black and white version templates.
  • Alphabet activities for letter C Cow, O Ox, X > Ox end with X:
    Introduce or reinforce letter recognition and early handwriting skills. You can print the upper and lower case letter on the body of the puppet.
  • Animals online facts and image resources:
    Cattle > Cows are raised for their meat (called beef and veal), dairy products (milk), leather and as working animals (transport: pulling carts, plows and the like).

    Bull: define as male of cattle:an adult male of any breed of domestic cattle or other bovine animal.

    Cow: an adult female of any breed of domestic cattle or other bovine animal.

    Ox: The domestic ox is invaluable in agriculture as a bovine working animal animal, that pulls a cart or wagon, pulling heavy loads and plows. Visit the related activities for the American legend, Paul Bunyan and his blue Ox, Babe. The ox is also one of the twelve animals represented in the Chinese Zodiac, therefore, appropriate for presenting Chinese New Year.
  • Introduce related and new themes: Review topics for this puppet in the themes above.
  • Nutrition and health | Character Education | Safety
    The puppet can be a great aid in those special times when parents need a fun helper, and give that little nudge and friendly reminder to have the children cooperate with chores, learn how to dress themselves, potty training, alleviate the anxiety related to the doctor or dentist visits, or to help introduce a new caregiver, meal times, and safety issues, etc.
  • Music and Physical Activity 'Conductor' > Singing, Dancing, Marching, Finger plays > These puppets are great to get the children in the mood for music and movement.
Craft Version and Homemade Toy > Coloring version black & white
  • Print the black and white template. This version can also be printed directly on color craft paper or construction paper to match a particular character in a book, for a example a story with a "White Cow."

  • This 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.
  • The template can be colored and decorated before or after assembly, whichever you or the children prefer. My experience has been that many children like to color and decorate after the pieces are glued to the bag. Either way it is fun.

  • Assembly instructions: Here is an illustration of how to assemble the craft. Cut about 2 to 2/12 inches off the bottom of the bag or adjust based on the body template. This makes the puppet more comfortable and manageable for the children.

  • Craft Stick Puppet Version:
    Print the templates using card stock or heavy duty construction paper. Tape a craft stick (Popsicle stick | tongue depressor), or an unsharpened pencil on the back of the finished puppet.
Matching printable activity: Bull, Cow or Ox printable progressive puzzles - four stages to adapt to the children's growing skills.
Bull, Cow or Ox Paper Bag Puppet Craft
Bull, Cow or Ox Printable Paper Bag Puppet Craft
illustration only

head | body

Black & White
head | body

Instructions for assembly

Matching printable puzzle (4 stages)

Alphabet Printable Activities
letter c cow printable activities
C is for Cow

letter o ox printable activities
O is for Ox

X > Ox ends with X

*paper, construction paper or card stock
*scissors & glue
*coloring tools
*lunch size paper bag or craft stick