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Lion Paper Bag Puppet Craft or Craft Stick Puppet
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials
This is one of a collection of paper bag puppets with 2 or 3 piece templates only 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.

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. The black and white version can be printed to color craft paper.

Ideas and suggestions:
  • Story time helper: Aesop's Fable > The Lion and the Mouse online story and activities.
    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: Letter L is for Lion lesson plan printable activities
    Introduce or reinforce letter recognition and early handwriting skills.  You can print the upper and lower case letter on the body of the puppet.
  • Introduce related and new themes: Review topics for this puppet in the themes column on the left.  
  • 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 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 Lion."

  • 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.

  • 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.

Lion Paper Bag Puppet Craft
lion paper bag puppet craft
illustration only

head - body

Black & White
head - body

Instructions for assembly

Alphabet Letter L Lion Printable Activities
Letter L Lion printable activities

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Activity Printable Set

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