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Puppets Around the World

Fables from around the world!

Puppets Around the World

Fables from around the world!
 
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About the projects

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.

Browse down this page for descriptions and illustrations of the projects, then select a project and have some crafting fun! Or jump to the category index for a listing of all crafts.

Triceratops Finger Puppets

Triceratops Finger Puppet
Description ↓

  Make triceratops dinosaur finger puppets that are animated with three of your fingers—two fingers for the legs and another finger for the head. These puppets are easy to make—just cut, fold and glue. These puppets go with lion, rabbit and sheep puppets in the Three-Finger Puppets craft project and the elephant puppets in the Elephant Finger Puppets craft project.

EASY

Shadow Stick Puppet Patterns

Shadow puppets
Description ↓

Have fun with easy-to-make shadow puppets that come alive when their shadows are cast on a bedsheet with a light! This craft includes printable patterns for fish, seahorse and octopus shadow puppets that are based on colorful and fishy Stick Puppets.

VERY EASY

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Foam Ball King Hand Puppet

Foam Ball King Hand Puppet
Description ↓

An easy way to make hand puppets is to start with a Styrofoam® ball for the puppet head. For the king hand puppet, make the face with felt cutouts, add a felt crown, and drape fabric for clothing and a royal cape. What could be easier?

EASY

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Foam Ball Clown Puppets

Foam Ball Clown Puppet
Description ↓

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 other puppet characters by changing the cutouts and fabric drape!

EASY

Tenor and Diva Paper Bag Puppets

Tenor and Diva Paper Bag Puppets
Description ↓

Super easy hand puppets can be made with a paper bag, a few cutouts, and a bit of drawing. In this project, make puppets of opera singers, tenor and diva, that open and close their mouths as you move the paper bag flap with your hand.

EASY

Paper Bag Puppets: Cat and Owl

Cat and Owl Paper Bag Puppets
Description ↓

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

Paper Bag Hand Puppets - Clever Gretel, Mayor and Banker
Description ↓

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

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Toilet Paper Tube Puppets

Toilet Paper Tube Finger Puppets
Description ↓

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

Clip-art bag puppets
Friday Fun Description ↓

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

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Stick Puppets

Several stick puppets
Description ↓

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 Stick Puppets

Tortoise and hare clip art puppets
Friday Fun Description ↓

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

Several animated stick puppets
Description ↓

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

Finger Puppets - circus theme puppets
Description ↓

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

Paper Cone Finger Puppets
Description ↓

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

Two-Finger Puppets
Description ↓

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

Elephant Finger Puppets

Elephant Finger Puppets
Description ↓

Make elephant finger puppets that are animated with three of your fingers—two fingers for the legs and another finger for the head. These puppets are easy to make—just cut, fold and glue. These puppets go with lion, rabbit and sheep puppets in the Three-Finger Puppets craft project.

EASY

Three-Finger Puppets

Three-Finger Puppets
Description ↓

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

Simple Mitt Hand Puppets
Description ↓

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. Start with Aunt Annie's cat,  rabbit and bear patterns then try a design of your own!

VERY EASY

Cat and Rabbit Fabric Mitt Hand Puppets

Fabric Mitt Hand Puppets
Description ↓

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 bear puppet patterns directly on fabric for quick and easy puppet-making!

EASY

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