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Humpback Whale Puppet Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Kids love pretend play, so harness that creativity and make this cute humpback whale puppet craft!

Not only is this whale easy to make, it’s fun and it helps kids with scissors skills, focus, and following directions.

With summer coming up, it’s great for an ocean animal theme too.

Watch our quick video tutorial to see how we made this craft and then be sure to download the free printable template.

And, if your kids enjoy this craft, check out all of our whale crafts for kids!

Paper Bag Whale Craft

paper bag whale image collage with the words paper bag whale in the middle

Supplies

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

Directions

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

hand holding paper bag whale craft template

Place the top of the belly just below the mouth and glue in place. Cut the excess paper off the bottom.

hand gluing belly onto paper plate whale craft

Position the eyes on either side of the head, just above the smile and glue it in place.

hands gluing eyes to paper bag whale craft

Glue the cheeks just below the eyes on each side of the face.

hands gluing cheeks to paper bag whale craft

Use a dark blue marker to draw spots on the top of the whale’s head.

hand drawing spots on paper bag whale head

Take the whale’s head and glue it to the brown paper bag flap.

hands gluing head to paper bag whale craft

Glue the bright blue rectangle to the main portion of the brown paper bag.

hands gluing blue rectangle to paper bag whale craft

Create the whale’s body by gluing the belly to the center of the body.

hands gluing belly to paper bag whale craft

Next, take the fins and glue them to either side of the body, right about in the middle.

hands gluing fin to paper bag whale craft

Take the completed body and glue it to the main portion of the paper bag, with the top just below the bottom of the head.

hands gluing body to paper bag whale craft

Use a gray blue marker to draw lines on the whale’s belly. Start at the top of the belly (that’s on the head portion) and end at the base of the belly.

hand drawing stripes on paper bag whale belly

Finish off the puppet by drawing some water lines on the exposed part of the bright blue paper.

Isn’t this a fun ocean craft for kids to make?!

hand holding paper bag whale craft

More Ocean Ideas For Kids

We love borrowing books from the library or buying some to add to our home collection. Reading is a great way to introduce a new unit and as you know, has tremendous benefits! Below are some of the top rated ocean books for kids!

The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!

Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.

The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!

2 paper bag whale crafts

Want some more ocean animal crafts for kids to make? We have lots more ideas to share with you!

paper bag whale craft

This ocean sensory bin is great for when you want something done for you. If you prefer the DIY route, try out this frozen ocean sensory bin.

Another fun option is this ocean play dough set. It’s sparkly and comes with several cool fish!

Share With Us

Did you make this craft with your kids or students? We’d love to feature them on our social media!

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 Ocean Ideas For Kids

hand holding paper bag whale craft

Whale Puppet Craft For Kids

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

This whale puppet craft is a fun ocean animal activity for kids to make this summer!

Materials

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Whale template

Instructions

  1. Download the whale template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Place the top of the belly just below the mouth and glue in place. Cut the excess paper off the bottom.
  3. Position the eyes on either side of the head, just above the smile, and glue it in place.
  4. Glue the cheeks just below the eyes on each side of the face.
  5. Use a dark blue marker to draw spots on the top of the whale's head.
  6. Take the whale's head and glue it to the brown paper bag flap.
  7. Glue the bright blue rectangle to the main portion of the brown paper bag.
  8. Create the whale's body by gluing the belly to the center of the body.
  9. Next, take the fins and glue them to either side of the body, right about in the middle.
  10. Take the completed body and glue it to the main portion of the paper bag, with the top just below the bottom of the head.
  11. Use a gray blue marker to draw lines on the whale's belly. Start at the top of the belly (that's on the head portion) and end at the base of the belly.

Free Whale Template

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Monalisa

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Very nice

Sam

Monday 13th of September 2021

Thank you!

Cathy M Crane

Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

I would love for my 3rd graders to make this with their pre-k buddies.

Sam

Thursday 24th of June 2021

Awesome! I hope they all enjoy it!

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