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This is part of a collection of easy
bag puppets with 2 or 3 piece templates for children 2+
and older. It can quickly become one of your favorite
"teaching/ learning helpers" and also a great homemade toy!
If you don't have paper bags, that's OK, because it can also be a craft stick puppet when mounted or printed onto sturdy paper or thin
cardboard (use two craft sticks staggered on the back).
Template 1: color
head & tail
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
1. Story time helper:
The puppet can be the story teller and reader. 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.
2. Introduce any topics:
3. Potty Training | Dental Care | Nutrition | Visits to the
Doctor | Character Education:
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 & 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 to help introduce a new caregiver, etc.
4. Musical Conductor
This puppets are great to get the children in the mood for singing
that new song or nursery rhyme! Try it!
5. Safety Issues/Topics:
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. Visit the safety theme for
Craft Version and Homemade Toy: Alligator Black & White
1. 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 Bear."
2. 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.
1. Print template for head/tail 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. If
dealing with paints is better to paint before cutting or assembling.
3. Here is an illustration
of how to place pieces on the bag. The body template is mean to
runs a little bigger in the bottom than the length of the bag
and legs dangle.
4. Craft Stick Puppet Version:
Print the templates using heavy duty construction paper or card
stock. Another method is to print on regular paper
color/paint/decorate and then glue to thin cardboard (cereal box or
other similar box). Adult needs to cut the template out and then
assemble. Use a craft stick (Popsicle stick or tongue depressor,
or a new pencil that has not been sharpened).
The following are other materials that are part of an activity play set for the
Printable Puzzles -
four stages from 18 months to 6
years old - to adapt to children skills and practice letter A.
More paper bag puppets?
Visit the the
paper bag puppets collection
*head & tail
Black & white:
*head & tail
*Instructions for assembly
*paper, construction paper or card stock
*something to color or paint
*lunch size paper bag or Popsicle stick/craft stick/new pencil