I think puppets are a great tool to use in the preschool and kindergarten classroom! My paper bag tiger is a fun cut and paste puppet craft for children to make and play with!
- a paper lunch bag
- orange construction paper or orange poster paint
- a printer,
- some crayons,
- paper for the printer
- big wiggly eyes
Print the Template:
- Print out the template of choice (color or b&w)
- 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 tiger 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!
- Cover the paper bag with orange construction paper (just glue it on and trim) or paint the paper bag orange and let dry.
- Glue the tongue underneath the flippy tab.
- Glue the teeth underneath the flippy tab so they can be seen.
- Glue the stripes (small ones from first template) onto the HEAD.
- Glue the nose (a big oval) onto the HEAD. It should overlap the body 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 HEAD.
- Glue the arms into the FLAP.
- Glue the hair tuft onto the HEAD.
- Glue the stripes onto the BODY.
- 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).