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> Letter P > P is for Pig

Animals > Farm > Pig

Crafts > Homemade Toys > Paper Bag Puppets > Pig paper bag craft

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*March 1st > Nat'l Pig Day
*Oct, 2nd > World Farm Animals
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This is one of a collection of easy-to- assemble paper 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 stock..

Teaching Aid - Color Version:
Template 1: color head  Template 2: color body
The color version is meant for the educator (parent, preschool teacher, child care provider or baby-sitter) to use as a teaching helper:

Ideas and suggestions:
  1. 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.
  2. Alphabet activities:  Letter P Printable Activities and Lesson Plan 
    Introduce or reinforce letter recognition and early handwriting skills.
  3. 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 facts, the seasons, holidays and events in themes column.
  4. 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.
  5. Musical Conductor
    These puppets are great to get the children in the mood for singing that new song or nursery rhyme!  Try it!
  6. Safety Issues
    The puppet can help introduce and role play safety issues.

Craft Version and Homemade Toy:  Pig Black & White Templates 

  • 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.

Assembly instructions:

  1. Print template for head and body - black & white version: 
    Template 1: head  Template 2:  body

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Craft Stick Puppet Version:  
    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 Puppet

illustration only


Templates
In color
head
| body

Black & White
head | body

Instructions for assembly


Alphabet Letter P Pig
Printable Activities

*paper or construction paper or card stock
*something to color or paint with
*lunch size paper bag or 
*Popsicle stick or unsharpened pencil


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