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Lights…camera…action! You’re the director and the star of your own
show with these handmade puppets. Cultures on every continent use
puppets to tell their stories, teach their beliefs, and just for fun!
Take part in an ancient tradition by making your own puppets, and bring
them to life with plays and fables from around the world.
Your story can take place anywhere, and your puppets can do
anything you can imagine. Would you like to explore the beautiful
beaches of Fiji, turn into a fierce and powerful tiger, or build your
own teepee? With the puppets below, anything is possible.
So browse this page for descriptions and illustrations of each puppet
project, and then decide what story you want to tell today!
The projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to AVERAGE.
Clown and King Puppets
- Create quick and easy hand puppets based on Styrofoam® balls used
as the puppet head. You can use felt cutouts and/or pom-poms and
wiggly eyes to add a funny face to your clown puppet. Once you have
made the clown puppet, try your hand at making a regal king with a
crown and a cape or a clown king with a funny face!
and Owl Paper Bag Puppets
- Paper bag puppets are great fun and, with just a few cutouts and a
bit of drawing, you can make a puppet for just about any animal. In
this project make cat and owl puppets that open and close their eyes
as you move the paper bag flap with your hand.
Paper Bag Hand Puppets
- Make funny, talking hand puppets from simple paper bags, and
a play based on a Brothers Grimm folktale from Germany. But watch
out—Gretel is hungry!
Toilet Paper Tube Puppets -
Winter in Latvia is long and cold. What will the Farmer and his
family do to make it through? Use empty toilet paper tubes to make
these finger puppets, and find out what happens when the family
Clip Art Bag Puppets
- More puppet fun! This time using clip art to make paper bag puppets.
A quick, easy and fun activity for families and groups.
- Start your adventures with some simple stick puppets and shadow
puppets! Your new ocean friends will help you put on a play based on
a fable from the Fiji Islands:
The Great Shark God.
Clip Art or Photo Puppets
Friday Fun - Nothing is
off-limits in this creative puppet project. Craft simple stick puppets
from magazine photos, clip art, coloring book cutouts, or other paper
images! You can even use photos you’ve taken to put on a special play
starring you and your friends—just make sure to ask Mom first.
Animated Stick Puppets
- Pep up your puppets by giving them the ability to move! In the
The Defeat of Great Glooskap, you’ll see how a
baby can defeat a great Algonquin warrior.
Finger Puppets -
Lions, tigers, and bears—oh my! It must be time to go to the circus.
Create acrobat, strongman, clown, and elephant finger puppets for
your very own circus. Then, invite your friends and family to the
Paper Cone Finger Puppets - Have you ever tried to
trick someone? The wily Fox has—and he knows just what to say
to keep Tiger from eating him in this play,
of Heaven, based on a Chinese folktale. This easy paper
cone finger puppet project is perfect for classroom crafting.
Two-Finger Puppets - Try this "handy" little project to
put on a quick, fun and easy puppet show! Your fingers will become
the legs of little bird puppets. Then, put on the Australian
Medicine-man to find out how the rooster got his comb!
Three-Finger Puppets - Three fingers is all it
takes to bring these paper animal puppets to life! Make a fierce
golden lion, a timid rabbit, or a funny bighorn sheep. Your puppets
can be friends or foes in any story you can imagine; or, act out the
included Aesop fable,
The Lion and the Rabbit.
Simple Mitt Hand Puppets - What did one mitt say to the
other? That’s up to you with this easily customized puppet. Facial
features and your own custom cutouts transform a basic mitt shape
into funny characters, adorable animals, monsters, and anything else
you can imagine.
Fabric Mitt Hand Puppets - Tiny tailors and
seamstresses will love creating these easily sewn fabric mitt
puppets. Cut your cloth using Aunt Annie’s patterns for cat and
rabbit puppets, then use fabric markers, embroidery and felt cutouts
to customize your playtime pals. Or, simply print the included
full-color patterns directly on fabric for quick and easy