Kids love to “make believe” and to act in plays or skits. By using puppets, they can say things, through the puppet, that they would usually be too shy to say. While puppets and puppet shows can be educational, the opportunity to use the imagination in making the puppets and performing skits is, in itself, important. Carefree and spontaneous puppet shows allow children to express themselves and encourages interaction.
The puppet making ideas that you’ll find here are easy and simple enough that the kids can make puppets of their choice. You’ll find ideas for making hand puppets, finger puppets and marionettes using paper, fabric, socks, paper bags, felt, fun foam, paper plates or tp rolls. There are also ideas for making puppet theaters. The theaters can be as simple as a cardboard box or a curtain hung in a doorway.
The tutorial for making the felt monster puppets shown above, go to Six Sisters STUFF .
1. Popsicle Animal Puppets
It’ll be so much fun making these little animal puppets using simple craft sticks. Old MacDonald’s farm will inspire lots of animal ideas. Go to MomeeFriends for instructions on making these puppets.
2. Circus Animals and Puppet Theater
This site, First Palette, shares instructions on how to make the stage as a theater or as a diorama. Use craft sticks on the printable circus animals to make them puppets.
3. Craft Sticks and Foam Puppets
Make these easy puppets using craft sticks and foam. Use the instructions at plum pudding to guide you. Lots of great possibilities here for using your imagination.
4. Princess Sock Puppets
The little girls will love making up puppet shows with these princess sock puppets. You’ll find the free patterns and tutorial at Fynes Designs .
5. Bird Marionette
This bird marionette looks like Big Bird from Sesame St. to me. You’ll have as much fun as the kids will when you finish making the marionette following the tutorial at instructables.
6. Animal Marionette
The kids will have hours of fun playing with, after making their own animal puppet. The tutorial for making the marionette can be found at Art Bar.
8. Sock Puppets
Make sock puppets to help entertain the little ones while you read fairy tales to them. Or better yet, let the kids help make the puppets and then let them give a puppet show using the characters that they’ve made. You’ll find a nice tutorial for making these sock puppets at Learning and Teaching Preschoolers.
9. Cloth Puppets
Cloth puppets are a bit more difficult to make, so you’ll want older kids, or adults, to make this type puppet. Find the tutorial for making these cloth puppets at instructables.
10. Indian Twirling Puppet
This India inspired puppet project looks like loads of fun. The directions and pattern for the puppet is found at A LITTLE YUMMINESS.
11. Cone Paper Puppets
You’ll find a nice variety of ideas for making paper puppets like these at Aunt Annie’s Crafts Templates and instructions are included for all the different paper finger puppets shown.
12. Easy Puppet Theatre
Make this easy puppet theater in an afternoon by following the instructions given at KIDSOMAINIA.
13. “Frozen” Puppet Stars
If the kids have seen the movie, Frozen, they’ll love making these stars of the movie. You’ll find the tutorial for making the different characters at THE idea room.
14. Paper Bag Nun Puppets
This puppet project has some really cute examples of puppets that the kids made. For the instructions for making these paper bag nuns, go to Catholic Icing.
15. Wooden Spoon Lady Puppets
I’m pretty sure that you can get a set of wooden spoons for a dollar or so at a Dollar store. This is an inexpensive way to make puppets that are easy for the little kids to make and that can take a lot of playing. Go to the KID PLAY DO site for the instructions.
16. Sound of Music Puppet
Make this Sound of Music puppet with the kids while watching the movie. What a fun family time that will be.
17. Hand-some Pals
Use plush fleece fabric to make these puppet pals and you won’t have to bother to hem or serge any seams. The instructions are found at instructables .
18. Sock Monster
This is a super easy puppet to make if you follow the instructions given at Six Sisters’ STUFF . Just five easy steps to making a sock monster of your own.
19. Doorway Puppet Theater
Here is an easy puppet theater made by hanging a curtain in a doorway. So simple and easy to make following the instructions given at gluesticks.
20. Wooden Spoon Monster Puppets
Find this and many, many more wooden spoon puppet ideas at Wooden Spoon Crafts Ideas. Unbelievable assortment of puppet ideas using wooden spoons.
21. Very Hungary Caterpillar
22. Farm and Circus Felt Finger Puppets
Felt is a great fabric to use while making puppets. So easy to use and also inexpensive. THE idea room has a nice tutorial for making these farm and circus puppets using felt.
23. Homemade Puppet Theatre
You get a lot of information, puppet instructions and skit ideas when you visit the Let’s Play Music site. This site includes links to The Three Bears puppet printables and Little Red Riding Hood printables. Even the theater facade can be duplicated by using provided printables. Very Impressive site.
24. Wooden Spoon Fairy Puppets
Little girls, especially, like to design and make fairy dolls, so it stands to reason that they would also like to make these fairy puppets. It will be easy for the girls to follow the instructions given at Simply Designing.
25. Spoon Witch Puppet
Fairy tales, story books and Halloween all include witches in their tales. Be prepared to add a wooden spoon witch to scare your puppet theater audience by going to the CATHIE FILIAN site to see how to make the witch.
26. No-Sew Fleece Buddies
This will be so much fun, making fleece puppets. The tutorial for guiding you in making the fleece buddies can be found at creative JEWISH MOM .
27. Tacky and Friends
These little puppets were created with a particular book in mind. Tacky and his friends are all ready to hit the stage. See how easy it is to make Tacky and his friends by going to CRAFTINESS is not OPTIONAL for the tutorial.
29. Five Little Ducks
You’ll find the printables, with poems, to make these little ducks at picklebums . I’m sure even the very little kids will love these five little ducks.
30. Five Cheeky Monkeys
When you go to the picklebums site you’ll learn how to make these five cheeky monkeys and a crocodile. There is also a poem with included with the printables here.
31. Old MacDonald’s Farm Puppets
You’ll find the tutorial for making the farm animal puppets at just another day in PARADISE Preschool kids and kindergarten kids are sure to love playing with these puppets.
32. Halloween Paper Bag Puppets
Paper bags are probably the easiest, and quickest, way to make puppets. They are really nice for quick classroom project before a holiday. These Halloween paper bag puppets are an example of making puppets for a holiday. The instructions are found at CRAFTS BY Amanda /
33. Shoebox Light Up Theater
You’ll find a beautifully pictured tutorial for making this shoebox theater. Great directions that will make this an easy project for you to make. The pictured tutorial is found at HANDMADE CHARLOTTE.
34. Christmas Holiday Finger Puppets
The kids could make these Christmas finger puppets for their own puppet plays, or they could make them to give to friends as gifts. You’ll find the instructions for make these puppets at One Creative Mommy.
35. Cardboard Puppets
These puppets would be especially nice to use when acting and dancing to a song. The tutorial for this puppet project is found at The Pink Doormat.
37. Butterfly Puppet
This is a very simple and easy to make project, so it’s a nice one to use in the classroom. For the instructions to make this paper bag butterfly puppet, go to Kids & Glitter.
38. Bring on the Clown
There are so many ways to change the looks of a clown that this is a nice project to gets lots of different results. You’ll find the instructions for making this clown at GANZ world.
39. Puppet Theater Skits
If you’d like some ideas for puppet theater skits or plays, you’ll find great choices at Legends and Lore.
40. Free Puppet Show Skits
41. Ten Fat Turkeys
It’s amazing what you can make puppets from. Here a pair of brown gloves are the bodies of ten fat turkeys. Find this Thanksgiving project at Reading Confetti .
42. Clothespin Puppets
Find the tutorial and printables for making these clothespin puppets at Moms and Crafters.
43. Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppet
Most little kids love the hungry caterpillar story and this finger puppet caterpillar is perfect for them to make. You’ll find the instructions for making this super cute puppet, go to the Read and Create site.
44. Easy Bunny Puppets
Notice that these bunny puppets are made using tp rolls. These bunnies are so very cute, easy to make and the kids will love them. Find the instructions at Reading Confetti.
45. Puppy Puppet
Puppets can be made super quick and easily so the kids can get right at performing skits with them. This puppy puppet, with the instructions and patterns at Kids & Glitter, is an example of a really easy puppet.
46. Myself Puppet
A cute idea is to have the kids make puppets that resemble themselves. The tutorial for making these faces puppets is found at the Crayola site.
47. Character Puppets
Although this site is written in a foreign language, the pictured tutorial makes it easy to see how these character puppets are made. Find the pictured tutorial at KROKOTAK.
48. Native American Puppet
Teachers can help their students learn about the Native Americans so much fun by using puppets. The kids can make up skits with facts that they are to learn, and then perform them for their classmates on a puppet theater stage. This wooden spoon puppet project has it’s tutorial at Activityvillage.com.
50. Rainbow Fish
Read the book and then have fun making this rainbow fish puppet. Go to Living Well Spending Less for the instructions. So cute and super fun.