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This giant panda theme is one of a collection of easy-to-
bag puppets for preschool and elementary school children.
These can quickly become one of your favorite
"teaching/ learning helpers" and also great homemade toys!
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
1. Story time helper | Children's Literature:
The puppet can be the story teller and reader. It can
bring excitement and enthusiasm into 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 new themes and basic skills:
A. Language Arts: Alphabet
P is for Panda printable activities
These activities includes an activity
worksheet and companion mini-book, poster, coloring page and handwriting practice worksheets.
B. Numbers, Shapes and Colors:
craft templates provide an opportunity to address skills to
identify colors, the heart shape, count the heart patterns and
practice number order, and sort the hearts by their size. Make
sure to conduct these activities after cutting out the templates and
before the assembly process.
C. Science / Social
Studies: animal facts, habitat, geography: The
Giant Panda activities
panda is a national treasure to the country of China. The giant
panda is a critically endangered animal, about one thousand are left
in the wild. Visit the lesson plan activities to present basic
facts about the panda and introduce children to the terms endangered
species and extinct.
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. Visit the safety
theme section for additional materials and resources.
Craft Version and Homemade Toy: Panda Paper Bag Puppet
1. Print the templates of your choice in color or black and
2. The black and white version can be colored in or the
templates can be traced and cut-out from black and white craft
paper or construction paper. Suggestion: Replace paper eyes
with plastic wiggly eyes for children 3+ and older.
3. Assemble the head craft first. Conduct the suggested learning activities
discussed above in for Numbers, Shapes and Colors
3. Read and review the illustrated
instructions for the craft.
Chinese New Year: Red bow and gold stars stickers on
chest area (colors of the Chinese flag)
Valentine's Day: add a red or pink heart to chest area - use
the ear template to trace and cut out additional heart/s
needed. Write a short greeting message inside the heart.
*paper or construction paper or card stock (black and white)
*something to color or paint with
*lunch size paper bag white or brown