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56 Easy & Fun Paper Bag Puppets [With Templates!]

Paper bag puppets are some of the best crafts to make with young kids.

They’re simple, cheap and so much fun to craft. All you need are some common craft supplies like paper, glue, and scissors.

What’s even better is that after you’re done crafting, the kids can put these puppets to use with a puppet show or pretend play!

Check out some of the cutest brown paper bag crafts around below!

Paper Bag Animal Crafts

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Get your kids in the crafting mood with this adorable paper bag mouse craft. It’s an exciting activity that will keep them busy for hours during and after making it.

Everyone knows llamas are the coolest thing around, so why not turn your paper bag into this cute llama paper bag puppet craft?! Customize with a favorite color for some truly unique puppets!

This brown paper bag tiger is made with a lunch bag and a few other materials you probably have around the house. Kids can make them at home or in school just by following these simple steps!

This cute and easy paper bag pig craft is a fabulous addition to a farm animal unit study! Download the free template and make it with your preschoolers, prek, and kindergarten children. 

What little girl could resist her own sparkly, colorful and magical unicorn paper bag puppet craft?! Make one at home or at the library for hours of fun playtime afterward. 

This paper bag puppet lion is a great way to celebrate your child’s zoo birthday or to make when learning about zoo animals. It includes an easy-to-follow template that will help you create this adorable paper bag lion!

We love seeing elephants at the zoo! If you want to bring the zoo home to you, try making this cute elephant paper bag puppet craft!

Kids love dogs, so of course, you have to add this cute dog paper bag puppet to your future craft list!

The kids will have tons of fun making this easy frog paper bag puppet! Download the free template and have your kids see this frog come to life.

Get the kids excited about pets with this easy turtle paper bag puppet craft. It’s a perfect way to learn how animals live and move, while also giving them something fun to do!

This brown bear paper bag puppet craft is easy and cute! Kids will love to make this paper bag puppet with their hands. It’s also great for zoo animals or B-is-for-bear themed crafts. And it comes with a free template, too!

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What’s more cuddly than this paper bag koala puppet? It’s a simple and easy Australian animal craft that’s great for young kids to make! 

When flowers are blooming and the sun is shining, there’s no better craft to make than this cute paper bag butterfly puppet! Download the free template and make it this spring. 

This octopus paper bag puppet is a fun craft for kids that can be customized in all sorts of ways. Use different colored bags and markers to make an underwater world kids will love!

Summer is the time to get creative. Make a fish paper bag puppet and use it during your summer reading list or during an ocean unit study.

This lovely little sheep paper bag puppet is great to make with children for Easter, spring, or Sunday School! It’s so simple it’s perfect to make with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children. 

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Even penguins need a little cold weather gear every now and then, right? These cute little penguin paper bag puppets are perfect for wintertime. Make them in the classroom and watch kids’ creativity come to life! 

This sweet polar bear paper bag puppet is so cute! It goes along perfectly with an arctic animal study theme so be sure to download the template and save this post for later! 

This paper bag bunny craft is perfect for spring or Easter. Make them in bright colors for Easter or in more natural colors when kids are learning about rabbits. 

Transform a boring brown paper bag into this cute paper bag cat craft with our free template and tutorial! This craft is great for making with preschool and kindergarten children. 

This brown paper bag fox craft is a fun fall themed activity for kids to do at home or at school! 

The killer whale is one of the largest among the dolphins and whales, but that doesn’t mean your crafts have to be. This adorable killer whale paper bag craft is very simple!

This duck paper bag puppet craft is one of the easiest crafts for kids to make and play with. Make it your own by choosing your own colors!

This adorable cow paper bag puppet craft is made from simple brown paper bags, making them easy and inexpensive crafts for children. It’s also a huge hit in the classroom!

Welcome spring with this ladybug paper bag puppet craft! It’s simple, cute, and fun to play with.

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The horse is the state animal of Wyoming and is often seen running across mountainsides. Use this paper bag horse craft to talk to kids more about this fascinating creature!

This paper bag chicken craft looks just like a cute version of a real chicken, but it’s made from a simple brown bag! See exactly how we made it to make with your kiddos!

You can make a goat paper bag puppet craft easily from brown paper bags. Help your kids add horns, eyes, and ears to their paper bag goat craft and they’ll be ready for hours of fun!

Want an easy tutorial to show you how to make one of the cutest crafts known – a panda bear! This panda paper bag puppet craft is perfect for teaching kids about animals and animal habitats.

Tired of the same old craft projects? Try something new with your kids this weekend – make a paper bag walrus. Paper bags puppets are not only fun to play with but they’re also easy, and provide hours of entertainment!

Giraffes are the tallest animals on land, but they can be made from simple brown paper bags. See how we made this paper bag giraffe puppet craft using common household items.

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Groundhog Day is a day to learn more about this adorable and interesting animal. Kids will love making crafts with the groundhog theme for this day. Try out this groundhog paper bag puppet craft!

Snowy owls are found in the Arctic tundra and are known for their white feathers. This paper bag snowy owl craft show kids how they can make an owl craft out of brown paper bags and paper.

The kids will love this paper bag owl craft and how easy it is to make. Download the free template and make it at home or in the classroom. It’s a super-easy way to keep your little ones busy during these fall months.

Why not take your preschooler on an ocean adventure with this fun beluga whale puppet craft? With a paper bag, glue and scissors, you’ll be able to create the perfect summertime puppet.

This paper bag humpback whale puppet is a perfect craft for preschoolers who love the ocean.

Kids will love making this raccoon paper bag puppet craft. It’s a fun and easy activity that is great for forest or woodland animal themes!

This bird paper bag puppet craft is a great idea to add to your unit on pets or birds. It would also be perfect for any preschool or kindergarten classrooms that are doing animal units.

Summer Paper Bag Crafts

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Mermaid crafts are fun and easy to make with just a few materials. Make a mermaid paper bag craft in under ten minutes from paper bags, markers, and colored paper!

Bring some color and summertime fun into your home this Cinco de Mayo with a paper bag cactus craft.

This rocket puppet is great for any time of year! No matter the season, kids will have a blast making this simple craft.

Christmas Paper Bag Crafts

Bring Frosty to life with this cute paper bag snowman craft! It’s easy for children to make with our free printable template. 

This colorful and jolly elf paper bag craft will be your child’s new favorite Christmas craft! 

This Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer paper bag craft is cute and simple! Kids will love making it for Xmas! 

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Looking for a simple and fun Xmas craft for the kids to do this winter? These adorable gingerbread man paper bag puppets are just the craft! 

This paper bag Santa paper bag puppet craft is super festive and fun for kindergarten and elementary children to make at home or at school! 

Make the Christmas holiday crafts a little more fun with this paper bag Grinch craft for kids based on Dr. Seuss’ Grinch. This paper craft for kids will be a big hit with the kiddos!

Who knew a Christmas tree could be so cute?! This Christmas tree paper bag puppet is fun to make and perfect for the holiday season.

Fall Paper Bag Crafts

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This paper bag bat craft is great for teaching kids about bats, which play a big part in the fall season. Make and play with at home or in school and have a blast with this spooky craft!

If you’re looking for a craft to do with kids before Thanksgiving, here’s a fun way to get the kids involved – make this paper bag pilgrim craft.

Halloween is just around the corner! Make your kids’ Halloween extra spooky with this paper bag ghost craft. It’s easy, fun, and a great way to encourage pretend play!

Try this craft for kids based on a fall favorite – corn mazes! Using just a paper bag and some common supplies, your little ones can make this fun paper bag corn craft with ease.

Want a cute monster craft? Try out this bright and cheery monster paper bag puppet craft!

This paper bag mummy craft for kids is a great way to help little ones learn basic shapes and practice fine motor skills. It will keep them busy on a rainy day, and they’ll love wrapping the mummy!

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If your little ones love zombies, have them make this craft for kids. This cute paper bag zombie craft is easy to create and even better to play with!

Make this cute, non-spooky paper bag Frankenstein puppet to celebrate Halloween with the kids! He’ll be your child’s favorite monster! 

These kraft paper bag scarecrows are the perfect fall craft for kids to do at home or at school! Great for preschool-aged children. 

This brown paper bag turkey craft is the perfect activity for the kids’ Thanksgiving table! All you need is some fall colored paper, a brown bag, some scissors, and glue. 

Get your creativity on when you craft your own unique paper bag pumpkin puppet! The free printable template provides a variety of facial expressions from scary, to happy and more! 

Character Paper Bag Puppets

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Every Dr. Seuss fan will want to make one of these silly Fox in Socks puppets! Read the classic story, then let the children work on telling their own version once they’ve made this cute craft. 

Got a Frozen 2 fan? They’ll love making this simple and cute paper bag Olaf puppet. It’s easy enough that toddlers can help make it! 

Kids love this Pikachu paper bag puppet craft! This is a great Pokemon-themed activity that’s simple and easy to do with kids of all ages, using just a few supplies!

Baby Yoda is everyone’s new favorite character! Celebrate his cuteness overload by making this easy Baby Yoda paper bag puppet

Pete the Cat fans will want to read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and then make their own Pete the Cat paper bag puppet to play with. Download the free template to make it a snap! 

Have a little Sesame Street fan at home? This brown paper bag Cookie Monster craft is so adorable and super easy to make! 

Do your kids love to play Among Us? If so, they’ll definitely want to make this Among Us paper bag puppet craft!

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Attention all Disney fans! Your little ones need to make these cute Minnie and Mickey Mouse paper bag puppets. Download our free template to make it super easy! 

Every kid loves Forky from Toy Story 4, so why not make one of your own? This brown paper bag Forky puppet is simple and it’s great for creative play once your child is done making it! 

Let your kids go on an adventure when they create this alien paper bag puppet craft! It’s one of our easiest puppets to make so it’s great for young children.

We’re certain there are plenty of choices on this list to keep your kids occupied and having fun for quite a long time!

Ways To Use Paper Bag Puppets

One great benefit of paper bag puppets is how kids can use them for educational purposes.

Puppets are a great outlet for getting kids to talk!

Shy kids can put on a puppet and then feel like the puppet is the one talking, not them. This can encourage them to be more social and participate with other children.

Through using a paper bag puppet, kids can increase their confidence, work on sentence formation and storytelling!

If you’re making these puppets at home with siblings or in a classroom or other group setting, you can have kids come together in small groups and put on a puppet show.

This is a fabulous way to help children access their creativity and imagination!

Puppets are also a great tool for independent pretend play. Every time we finish making a new paper bag puppet, my 5-year-old spends the next half hour with his new “toy”.

He makes him play with his other toys, shows him his favorite things, and has fun pretending all sorts of crazy scenarios.

However your child or students decide to use these brown paper bag puppets, we’re sure they’ll be a huge hit!

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maria cristina

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Thank you for sharing all your puppets.

Sam

Monday 6th of September 2021

Of course!

Ashley Smith

Sunday 25th of April 2021

So excited to make these with my kindred.

Sam T

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Awesome! Hope everyone has fun!

Aretha Darby

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

I really Love your puppets thank you for sharing

Ashley

Saturday 28th of March 2020

Please make a llama paper bag puppet :)

Sam T

Monday 30th of March 2020

Soon :)

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