DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Bag Cat Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
You can make a grey cat like the one in the picture or use different colors for an orange, brown, tan or black cat.
Puppets are fun tools for teaching; children are always happy to engage with an activity when invited by a cheerful little puppet. It is amazing how a smiling kitty cat can encourage even
very shy children to take part in circle time.
- a paper lunch bag
- two sheets of construction paper or paint in the color you're making your kitty,
- a printer,
- some crayons,
- paper for the printer
Print the Template:
- You can either print just template one or both templates.
- The more children you have per adult and
the younger the children are, the simpler (less templates) you want
the craft to be.
- If you aren't sure how many templates
you should use, print both, but hide #2. If the kids make
it through #1 and are eager for more, bring out the other.
If they are tired of crafting, save them for another day or just
- Color (as required) and cut out the template pieces.
Get Familiar with Your Paper Bag:
- I'm going to walk through this slowly.
Look at your paper bag.
- It should be closed and flat like a piece
of paper. Just like when they are brand new.
- On one side, it's all smooth. This will
BACK of your puppet
- It's important that all the kids get the
back and front straight at the beginning!
- On the other side there's a flippy tab (which
is typically the bottom of the bag when you're carrying your lunch around...)
- This flippy tab will be the
- Lift the flippy tab up a bit. Underneath
of the tab will be the mouth,
- When the child puts her hand in the bag,
she'll be able to make the puppet talk.
- Look at the rest of the front of the bag.
(The 3/4 or so of the bag below the part with the flippy tab)
This will be the BODY.
- Look at the sides of the bag. There
should be a
- We'll be slipping the arms (template 2) into this flap.
- If the kids goof and glue the arms onto the front or back of the bag, it isn't a big deal.
- OK, now that we're comfy with our bags, let's craft!
- Cover the paper bag with construction paper
(just glue it on and trim) or paint the paper bag and let dry.
- Glue the muzzle onto the
HEAD. It should overlap the body a bit.
- Glue the nose onto the HEAD. It should overlap the muzzle a bit.
- Glue the eyes onto the HEAD
above the nose. If you like, you can use wiggly eyes instead of the paper template pieces.
- Glue the ears onto the sides of the HEAD.
- Glue the tongue underneath the flippy tab so you can see part of the circle sticking out from under the muzzle.
- Glue three whiskers (long, thin rectangle pieces) onto either side of the muzzle.
- Glue the tummy onto the body.
- Glue the arms into the FLAP.
- Glue the tail onto the BACK.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
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