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This is one of a collection of easy-to-
bag puppets for children 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 when printed onto construction paper or card
Teaching Aid - Color Version:
Template 1: color head
Template 2: color
The color version is meant for the educator (parent, preschool
teacher, child care provider or baby-sitter) to use as a teaching
Ideas and suggestions:
Story time helper:
The puppet can be the story teller and reader - visit here for an online
story of The Three Little Pigs. It can
bring excitement and enthusiasm into the 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 black and white version templates.
- Alphabet activities: Letter
P Printable Activities and Lesson Plan
Introduce or reinforce letter recognition and early handwriting
- Introduce new topics:
The puppet can help introduce any new theme, or topic such as letters
of the alphabet, numbers,
colors (red + white = pink), science concepts, animal
seasons, holidays and events in themes column.
- Potty Training | Dental Care |
Nutrition | Visits to the
Doctor | Responsibility:
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.
- Musical Conductor
These puppets are great to get the children in the mood for singing
that new song or nursery rhyme! Try it!
- Safety Issues
The puppet can help introduce and role play safety issues.
Craft Version and Homemade Toy: Pig Black & White
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 "Blue Hippo."
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.
Print template for head and body - black & white version:
Template 1: head
Template 2: body
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.
Here is an illustration
of how to 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
Print the templates using heavy duty construction paper or card
stock. Tape a craft stick (Popsicle stick or
tongue depressor), or a new pencil that has not been sharpened.
Pig Paper Bag
head | body
Black & White
head | body
Alphabet Letter P Pig
*paper or construction paper or card stock
*something to color or paint with
*lunch size paper bag or
*Popsicle stick or unsharpened pencil