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Elephant Paper Bag Puppet Craft [Free Template]

Elephants are one of the most popular zoo animals with kids.

They’re well-known for their large size and their long, flexible trunks that they use to pick up food and water, as well as for their high intelligence!

It’s no wonder kids love them!

Today, we’re here to share with you how kids can create an elephant paper bag puppet.

Not only will kids enjoy making these cute paper bag puppets, but they will also work on skills like cutting and fine motor control all while having fun!

Also, be sure to check out all of our paper bag puppets for more ideas!

Elephant Puppet Craft

paper bag elephant craft image collage with the words paper bag elephant

Supplies

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Elephant template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the elephant template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding paper bag elephant craft template

Begin to make the puppet by glue the eyes in the middle of the elephant head.

hand gluing eyes to paper bag elephant craft

Next, take the trunk and glue it in between and slightly overlapping the eyes.

hand gluing trunk to paper bag elephant craft

Place the cheeks on the outside of the eyes and glue them down.

hand gluing cheeks to paper bag elephant craft

Create the ears by gluing the darker inner ears to the lighter outer ears.

hand gluing inner ears to outer ears of paper bag elephant craft

Glue the completed ears, one on each side, to the back of the elephant head.

hand gluing ears to paper bag elephant craft

Take the completed elephant head and glue it to the flap portion of the brown paper bag.

hand gluing head to paper bag elephant craft

Make the elephant’s legs by gluing the nails to the bottom of the feet.

hand gluing toes to paper bag elephant craft

Next, place the feet on the elephant’s body and glue them in place. We angled our slightly inward and cut off the excess paper that hung off the sides.

hand gluing legs to paper bag elephant craft

Finish making the elephant by gluing the body to the main part of the brown paper bag.

hand gluing body to paper bag elephant craft

Don’t you just love this cute elephant’s expression?! It’s such a fun zoo animal craft!

hand holding paper bag elephant craft

Zoo Animal Unit For Kids

Want to create an entire zoo theme around this elephant craft? If so, keep reading below for some great ideas.

Reading out loud is a great way for parents and kids to bond. It fosters parent-child communication, teaches children new words, boosts literacy skills as well as their vocabulary, plus it’s educational and fun! With so many benefits of reading aloud why not make time every day?

Below are some of our favorite zoo books for kids:

The Fascinating Animal Book For Kids is a great book for curious kiddos! Find facts on almost any animal your child is learning about. This is a great resource to have in your home library collection.

The View At The Zoo is a silly book about all the animals at the zoo. When the people come to take a look at the animals, they see all sorts of sights! But, there’s a twist to this book that you have to read for yourself and laugh about!

Girafffes Can’t Dance is a sweet and fun book about Gerald the Giraffe. He can’t dance, but doesn’t stop trying! He finally finds his own rhythm when he meets an unlikely friend.

2 paper bag elephant crafts

Crafting is a great way to teach kids about creativity and self-expression. It also teaches them patience, organization skills, and problem-solving. Add in some more craft time with these fun zoo animal crafts:

These zoo animals worksheets for preschool can help kids learn important skills like patterns, counting, handwriting practice & more! These activity sheets are easy for parents or teachers to use because they don’t require any prep time before using them with students. Simply print out the sheet you want your student to complete and let them have at it!

paper bag elephant craft

For help with letter recognition, try out these animal preschool alphabet worksheets. They provide an easy and no prep way for teachers and parents to help kids learn the alphabet. These worksheets work great with dot markers or crayons which makes them perfect for classrooms, daycares, preschools, or at home with your own children!

Add in some sensory play with this zoo animal play dough kit. With this kit, kids get everything they need for hours of open-ended imaginative play. They’ll be able to make up all kinds of stories as they bring their favorite zoo animals to life!

Practice problem solving with this floor-sized zoo animal puzzle!

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For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

More Zoo Ideas For Kids

2 paper bag elephant crafts

Elephant Paper Bag Puppet Craft

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Kids will love this paper bag elephant craft! They'll work on their fine motor skills as well as their creativity and scissors skills.

Materials

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Elephant template

Instructions

  1. Download the elephant template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin to make the puppet by glue the eyes in the middle of the elephant head.
  3. Next, take the trunk and glue it in between and slightly overlapping the eyes.
  4. Place the cheeks on the outside of the eyes and glue them down.
  5. Create the ears by gluing the darker inner ears to the lighter outer ears.
  6. Glue the completed ears, one on each side, to the back of the elephant head.
  7. Take the completed elephant head and glue it to the flap portion of the brown paper bag.
  8. Make the elephant's legs by gluing the nails to the bottom of the feet.
  9. Next, place the feet on the elephant's body and glue them in place. We angled our slightly inward and cut off the excess paper that hung off the sides.
  10. Finish making the elephant by gluing the body to the main part of the brown paper bag.

Elephant Puppet Template

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