DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Bag Donkey Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is a fun and easy cut and paste paper craft that uses a paper bag as a base to
make a donkey puppet.
You can either make a grey donkey or a brown donkey.
- a paper lunch bag
- for Grey Donkey: grey construction
paper or grey poster paint
- a printer,
- some crayons,
- paper for the printer
Fun Foam Option:
- brown or grey fun foam -- depending on which color donkey you are
making (trace the template pieces onto fun foam and then follow
directions as normal)
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.
- 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
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 HEAD
- 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 donkey 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!
- Grey Donkey: Cover the paper bag with
grey construction paper (just glue it on and trim) or paint the paper
bag grey and let dry.
- Brown Donkey: just use the brown paper
- Glue the small circle with the tongue underneath
the flippy tab so you can see part of the circle sticking out from under
- Glue the nose onto the
HEAD. It should overlap the body a bit.
- Glue the eyes onto the
above the nose. If you like, you can use wiggly eyes instead of
the paper template pieces.
- Glue the ears onto the
- Glue the hair tuft onto the
- Glue the arms into the
- Glue the tail onto the
(or you could use
wool instead of the template piece)
- 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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