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Paper Bag Puppet Lion Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Kids love going to the zoo and looking at all of the different animals that live there.

One animal that kids always seem to gravitate towards is the lion, maybe because it’s the king of the jungle!

This paper bag puppet lion craft is a great way to bring this cool zoo animal back home or into your classroom for an engaging afternoon activity.

It’s not only fun but also helps children follow directions, work on creativity, and sharpen their fine motor skills.

If your kids like this activity, also be sure to check out all of our paper bag puppets!

Lion Puppet Craft

paper bag lion craft image collage with the words lion paper bag puppet craft

Supplies

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

Directions

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

hand holding paper bag lion craft template

Begin to make the head by gluing the mouth/nose piece to the top of the lion’s face.

hand gluing nose and mouth to paper bag lion craft

Glue the eyes on either side of the mouth/nose piece you added in the last step.

hand gluing eye to paper bag lion craft

Next, take the cheeks and glue them just below the eyes on each side of the face.

Finish off the lion’s head by gluing the head to the middle of the mane.

hand gluing head to mane of paper bag lion craft

Create the lion’s body by gluing the belly to the middle of the body piece.

hand gluing belly to paper bag lion craft

Next, take the arms and glue them to the top of the body and angle them slightly in towards the belly. Glue the completed body to the main portion of the brown paper bag.

hand gluing arm to paper bag lion craft
hand gluing body to paper bag lion craft

Make the lion’s tail by gluing the tail fur to the tail.

hand gluing tail fur to tail of paper bag lion craft

Take the completed tail, open the side of the paper bag and glue it to the front part of the fold.

hand gluing tail to paper bag lion craft

That’s it! Now your kids have a cute lion puppet they can play with all day!

hand holding paper bag lion craft

Zoo Unit For Kids

Create an entire zoo unit for preschool and kindergarten kids around this lion puppet! Read on below to see our best ideas on how to do this!

Reading aloud to children has long been a favorite pastime for parents, but it also has other benefits. Reading can help your child master their phonics skills, teach children listening skills, and improve their vocabulary!

For those reasons (and many more!) we always suggest introducing a new topic with books! Grab these books from the library or buy them on Amazon to add to your home collection.

Below are some of the most popular zoo animal books!

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 lion paper bag puppets

Crafting with kids can be so much fun. But it’s also an awesome way to help them with scissors skills, fine motor skills, and help build their self-esteem!

paper bag lion craft

These fun zoo animal worksheets for preschool will help your little one improve their handwriting, letter recognition, patterns, and more. With a variety of cute animals, this set has everything you need to get started on the right foot!

Sensory activities are also another activity you’ll want to incorporate into your zoo animal theme. This zoo sensory bin is perfect for letting the kids have some independent playtime.

These felt zoo animals with world maps are an amazing educational resource that is great for engaging children and teaching about animals all around the world!

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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 Animal Ideas For Kids

2 lion paper bag puppets

Paper Bag Puppet Lion Craft For Kids

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

This lion paper bag puppet craft is a fun and easy project that's perfect for your next zoo animal unit in preschool or kindergarten.

Materials

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

Instructions

  1. Download the lion template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin to make the head by gluing the mouth/nose piece to the top of the lion's face.
  3. Glue the eyes on either side of the mouth/nose piece you added in the last step.
  4. Next, take the cheeks and glue them just below the eyes on each side of the face.
  5. Finish off the lion's head by gluing the head to the middle of the mane.
  6. Create the lion's body by gluing the belly to the middle of the body piece.
  7. Next, take the arms and glue them to the top of the body and angle them slightly in towards the belly. Glue the completed body to the main portion of the brown paper bag.
  8. Make the lion's tail by gluing the tail fur to the tail.
  9. Take the completed tail, open the side of the paper bag and glue it to the front part of the fold.

Free Printable Lion Template

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Irina

Sunday 5th of September 2021

Thank you!

Sam

Monday 6th of September 2021

Yep :)

Ana

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Love this!

Sam

Monday 6th of September 2021

Thanks so much, Ana!

Nancy Puente

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Totally love this

Sam

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Thank you so much!

Florence

Tuesday 31st of August 2021

Would it be possible to send me the other animal templates too or do I have to enter my email for each to receive them?

Sam

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

You have to enter your email in each form that you want. Some are also available for purchase here if you're interested: https://shop.simpleeverydaymom.com/collections/crafts

Lea

Monday 30th of August 2021

Great Idea!!

Sam

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Thanks, Lea!

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