Rabbit Paper Bag Puppet Craft | Hare
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Themes Instructions and Suggestions Materials
Alphabet > *Letter H > H is for Hare
*Letter R > R is for Rabbit

Animals > Mammals
* Hare
* Forest > Rabbit

Crafts > Homemade Toys > Paper Bag Puppets > Hare and Rabbit

Holidays and Events >
Rabbit events

Online story time
> Rabbit & Hare stories


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.

Color Version:
Hare - Brown / Tan
Template 1: color head  
Template 2: color body

Rabbit - Peach /  Pink Tones
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:
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 using the black and white version templates. Related story time activities in the Hare section and Rabbit Section. 

2.  Introduce any New Topics:
The puppet can help introduce any new theme, or topic such as letters of the alphabet:  H is for HareR is for Rabbit, numbers, colors, science concepts, animal facts, the seasons, special occasions & events.

3.  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.

4.  Musical Conductor
These puppets are great to get the children in the mood for singing that new song or nursery rhyme!  Try it!

5.  Safety Issues
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.

6. Character education: Responsibility

Read and print the online story Roy the Responsible Rabbit, and visit the parent and teacher resources.

Craft Version and Homemade Toy:  Hare/Rabbit Bear Black & White Templates
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 Rabbit or Pink Hare."

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.

Assembly instructions:

1.  Print template for head and body - black & white version: 
Hare or Rabbit
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 assembly illustration of how to place pieces on the bag.  The body template is meant to run a little bigger in the bottom than the  length of the bag and legs in some version will dangle.  Suggestion:  Cut about 2 to 2/12 inches off the bottom of the bag.  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.  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 children can assemble.  Use a craft stick (Popsicle stick or tongue depressor, or a new pencil that has not been sharpened).   

Matching Printable Materials:
These are printable puzzles that adapt to children growing abilities.  Available in for stages - 18 months old to 6 years old.
Hare Animal Progressive Puzzle
More paper bag puppets?  Check the entire collection!

Hare Paper Bag Puppet

illustration only

Hare - Color Templates
color head

color body

Rabbit Paper Bag Puppet

illustration only

Rabbit Color Templates
*color head

*color body

Hare or Rabbit 
Black & White Templates
b/w head
b/w body

Instructions for assembly

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

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