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Puppets Around the World

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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.


  • Foam Ball 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!

    EASY

  • Cat 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.

    EASY

  • Paper Bag Hand Puppets - Make funny, talking hand puppets from simple paper bags, and perform Clever Gretel, a play based on a Brothers Grimm folktale from Germany. But watch out—Gretel is hungry!

    EASY

  • 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 takes Grandfather's Advice.

    EASY

  • Clip Art Bag Puppets Friday Fun - More puppet fun! This time using clip art to make paper bag puppets. A quick, easy and fun activity for families and groups.

    VERY EASY

  • Stick Puppets - 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    VERY EASY

  • Animated Stick Puppets - Pep up your puppets by giving them the ability to move! In the puppet play, The Defeat of Great Glooskap, you’ll see how a baby can defeat a great Algonquin warrior.

    EASY

  • 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 show!

    VERY EASY

  • 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, Officer of Heaven, based on a Chinese folktale. This easy paper cone finger puppet project is perfect for classroom crafting.

    EASY

  • 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 Aboriginal folktale The Medicine-man to find out how the rooster got his comb!

    VERY EASY

  • 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.

    EASY

  • 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.

    VERY EASY

  • 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 puppet-making!

    EASY

Folktales and fables from around the world are the basis for Aunt Annie's puppet plays. Each project includes the puppets needed to put on the puppet play.

Cone finger puppets

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In the project Paper Cone Finger Puppets make the animal characters for the puppet play Officer of Heaven.

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