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Two-Finger Puppets

What you will make:

In this project, make bird finger puppets—crow, chicken, emu and peacock, whose legs are animated with your two fingers. There are also bonus patterns for tiger finger puppets. The puppets are very simple—just print, color, cut and glue. They can be made with paper or cardstock.

Each puppet is offered in three sizes suitable for small, medium and large hands. A convenient finger measure is included on the printable patterns to make it easy to determine the size of puppet that will fit best.

This is the sixth in a series of puppet-making projects that includes plays based on folktales from cultures around the world and back in time. An Australian Aboriginal fable is the basis for a play, The Medicine-man, using puppets in this project.

Related craft: For more two-finger puppets, see the Finger Puppet project, and for other puppets with plays based on folktales, see Puppets Around the World.

Here's what you need:
  • White computer paper or cardstock
  • Crayons, markers or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Optional: Hole punch, colored paper, and tacky putty or repositionable tape

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

How to Make Two-Finger Puppets

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It

Choose the puppets that you want to make. You can choose to make the puppets in three different sizes. Each pattern includes a yellow finger measure. Cut it out and wrap it around the base of the puppeteer's middle finger. Select the puppet—size, small , medium or large—that fits best. Also, the finger holes can be cut larger or smaller to accommodate different finger sizes. Tip: Checkout the tiger finger puppets in the sidebar.

Download the pattern and print it on white paper or cardstock.

Chicken-sm/lg
Printable pattern for two-finger chicken puppet
Crow-sm/lg
Printable pattern for two-finger crow puppet
Emu-sm/lg
Printable pattern for two-finger emu puppet
Peacock-sm/lg
Printable pattern for two-finger peacock puppet
Crow & Chicken-md
Printable pattern for two-finger crow and chicken puppets - medium-size
Emu & Chicken-md
Printable pattern for two-finger emu and chicken puppets - medium-size
Peacock & Crow-md
Printable pattern for two-finger crow and peacock puppets - medium-size

Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The Adobe Reader is available for free.

All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4). When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.

Step 2: Color and Decorate (optional)

If you printed the black & white patterns, color the puppets any colors you like. You might draw rows of short lines to resemble feathers. Use your imagination to make the puppets uniquely yours.

Tip: You might also decorate the puppets with bits of colored paper or glitter, but you may want to wait to decorate the puppet until after you have cut it out.

Step 3: Cut Cut out the puppets

Cut out each puppet on the black outline, including the strips for the loops. Cut out finger holes on each puppet. There are two leg holes on each puppet. Try to cut a very smooth circle. This will be more comfortable for your fingers. You can adjust the size of the hole, smaller or larger, to fit your fingers.

The chicken has a separate red comb and a glob of red gum. Be sure to cut these out, too.

Tip: Start cutting the hole by pinching a small fold in the center and cutting across it. This will make an opening for your scissors. You can also start the hole cut by using a hole punch.

Step 4: Fasten Paper Loops Fasten loops on back of puppet

Place the puppet face-side-down on your work surface. Gently bend the paper strip into a loop. Use glue or tape to fasten the loop. The loop adds shape and strength to the puppet's body.

Tip: The loop can be omitted if the puppet is made with cardstock.

Tip: Attach the red comb to the top of the chicken's head with tacky putty or repositionable/removable tape. If you do not plan to perform the play, glue the comb in place.

Step 5: Put on a Show Put on a show

To use the chicken, crow, and emu puppets, slip your index and middle fingers through the leg holes. Now make your puppet walk by moving your fingers.

Think of what your puppets will do. Where does your play take place? Write down what the puppets will say and figure out how they will move. Will more than two puppets be on stage at once? Do you need a friend to help? Rehearse your play a few times, and then perform it for family and friends.

Your puppets are done! Now it's play time!
Two-Finger Puppets - chicken, emu and crow


Before you start
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Puppet play - The Medicine-man

Puppet Play: A fable from the Aboriginal peoples of Australia is presented in the play, The Medicine-man. The play requires white crow, emu and chicken puppets.

Two-finger chicken puppets in three sizes

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Tip: Each puppet can be made in three sizes. Make the size that fits your hand and fingers the best.

Bonus Patterns

Tiger finger puppets--small and large

Color - B&W
Tip: These tiger finger puppets can be used to dramatize the many folktales from Asia that feature tigers. Select from small, medium or large finger puppets made the same way as the bird puppets in this project. Tiger finger puppets--medium Color - B&W

Peacock and black crow finger puppets

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Tip: To put on a play based on the Lao folktale about how peacock got it colors, make the peacock and black crow finger puppets.

Two-finger emu puppet made of cardstock

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Tip: When a puppet is made of cardstock the loop on the back of the puppet is not needed and can be cut away.

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