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Turtle Paper Bag Puppet Craft [FREE Template]

Kids love crafts and animals.

Combine them together, and your kids will be over the moon!

This turtle paper bag puppet craft is a fun activity that can be done any time of year.

This craft helps kids learn how to follow directions, work on scissors skills, creativity, and more!

Once they are finished making their puppet, they can put on a show or use it for pretend play.

Join in this animal-filled crafting adventure with our free template below.

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

Turtle Craft For Kids

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Supplies

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

Directions

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

hand holding paper bag turtle craft template

Optionally: If you want the background of your puppet to have a color, glue the flap background portion and the main portion onto the brown paper bag.

hand gluing blue paper to brown paper bag

Begin to create the turtle’s face by gluing the eyes just above the mouth.

hand gluing eye to paper bag turtle head

Glue the cheeks below the eyes.

hand gluing cheek to paper bag turtle head

Take the completed turtle head and glue it in the middle of the flap portion of the brown paper bag.

hand gluing head to paper bag turtle craft

Next, create the turtle’s body by gluing the arms almost to the top of the shell.

hand gluing arms to paper bag turtle craft

Place the legs on the bottom of the shell, with about an inch of them hanging off the shell. Glue it in place.

hand gluing legs to paper bag turtle craft

Glue the belly in the middle of the shell so it’s overlapping the arms and legs.

hand gluing belly to paper bag turtle craft

Take the completed body and glue it to the main portion of the brown paper bag.

hand gluing body to paper bag turtle craft

Now you’re done! Isn’t this turtle so cute and friendly?!

Related: Zoo Animal Crafts For Kids

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Animal Unit For Kids

Do you want to create an entire preschool animal unit around this tortoise craft? If so, keep reading below for all of our ideas!

Repeated reading aloud helps children develop language skills, helps with listening comprehension, focus, and so much more. Those are some of the reasons why we always like to start a theme with books!

Below are some of our favorite animal books for kids:

The Box Turtle: Terrance is one unusual turtle. He was born without a shell, so he carries around a box on his back at all times. Follow Terrance on an adventure to discover how it’s okay to be different!

Grumpy Monkey: Grumpy Monkey is one grumpy little fellow but he just doesn’t know why. His friends all try to cheer him up, but in the end he realizes, he just needs one day to feel his emotions and be grumpy!

See You Later, Alligator: Kids who love rhyming and silliness will want to read this cute book about Tortoise leaving on an adventure! On his way out, he must say goodbye to all his friends. But, by the time he’s done, the park gates are closed and he has to stay another day! Kids will want to read this book over and over again.

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Crafting is a great way to get your preschoolers’ imagination going! It’s also great for them to work on skills like focus, cutting practice, fine motor skills, and more! Add in some more fun animal crafts! Below are some of our favorites:

If you’re looking for some no-prep activities to work on with your preschoolers then these animal do a dot printables are perfect. They can be used as a quiet time activity or in the classroom. They’ll provide lots of fun while working on those fine motor skills too!

hand holding paper bag turtle craft

These zoo animal worksheets will help your little ones practice letter recognition, counting skills, handwriting, and more. We hope that they serve as a helpful resource in your homeschooling journey or even if you want some new activities to keep them entertained at home!

Kids love to get messy and explore. Sensory play is a great way for kids to do that while also learning about themselves, their environment, and animal habitats. This Zoo Play Dough Kit has everything you need for hours of fun!

Get kids into more pretend play with these jumbo zoo animals. They’re perfect for little hands!

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Turtle Paper Bag Puppet Craft

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

This turtle paper bag puppet craft is a great activity when learning about pets. It's also good for pretend play!

Materials

  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Scissors
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Turtle template

Instructions

  1. Download the turtle template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Optionally: If you want the background of your puppet to have a color, glue the flap background portion and the main portion onto the brown paper bag.
  3. Begin to create the turtle's face by gluing the eyes just above the mouth.
  4. Glue the cheeks below the eyes.
  5. Take the completed turtle head and glue it in the middle of the flap portion of the brown paper bag.
  6. Next, create the turtle's body by gluing the arms almost to the top of the shell.
  7. Place the legs on the bottom of the shell, with about an inch of them hanging off the shell. Glue it in place.
  8. Glue the belly in the middle of the shell so it's overlapping the arms and legs.
  9. Take the completed body and glue it to the main portion of the brown paper bag.

Turtle Template To Print

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