DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Bag Raccoon Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is an easy cut and paste paper craft that uses a paper bag as a base to make a raccoon puppet.
- a paper lunch bag
- 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 discard them.
- 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 be the 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 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 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 FLAP of paper.
- 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 Raccoon: Cover the paper bag with grey construction paper
(just glue it on and trim) or paint the paper bag grey and let dry.
- Glue the mask onto the
- Glue the muzzle (upside down heart shape) onto the
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
so that they are on top of the mask. If you like, you can use
wiggly eyes instead of the paper template pieces.
- Glue the ears onto the top of the
- Glue the hair onto the top of the
HEAD between the ears.
- Glue the tongue underneath the flippy
tab so you can see part of the circle sticking out from under the muzzle.
- Glue the arms into the FLAP.
- Glue the tail onto the
BACK so that the colorful
side can be seen when looking at the puppet.
- Glue the stomach onto the
- 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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