Paper Bag Penguin Puppet

Check out this adorable Paper Bag Penguin Puppet! You’re gonna love crafting this little guy all year-round. Use the free penguin puppet template to make this project in a snap!

Paper Bag Penguin Puppet

How cute is this Paper Bag Penguin Puppet?! This little guy is so fun to craft and play with once you are done. It’s the perfect way to add some magic and silliness to story time and play time. 

My son used to be obsessed with penguins (in fact he still is and he is 15!). He gives us cool fun facts each day about them. Did you know that there are 17 species of penguins around the world? I didn’t! 

Penguins are a common favorite animal among kids. It makes sense! They’re so cute that you just want to give them all the cuddles. 

Kids are also drawn to them because they’re birds, but they can’t fly. It’s so strange, but so interesting all at the same time. They’re even great swimmers and even mate for life! 

This Paper Bag Penguin Puppet can easily be paired with a penguin documentary for a cool class project! 

Teach your students how to make this Paper Bag Penguin puppet and have them write a fact or two about penguins on the belly.

If you’re looking for another animal puppet craft, check out our Bear Paper Bag Puppet or our Lion Paper Bag Puppet. These ferocious animals don’t seem so scary this way! 

Why Paper Bag Puppets

Paper bag puppets are so easy to make and are great for kids! Puppets help children build their imagination and story-telling skills. They’re great for improving fine motor skills as well. 

One of our favorite times to break out the puppets is during story time. While reading a book, my kids and I like to act out the story with our paper bag puppets. Afterwards, the kids like to make their own stories with the puppets! 

This Paper Bag Penguin Puppet is so simple to make and you probably already have most of the supplies in your house! Don’t have a paper bag? Not a problem! You can easily make one out of extra construction paper.

Wouldn’t this Paper Bag Penguin Puppet be perfect during the holidays? It would be so fun to pretend to be penguins at the North Pole and help Santa get his presents on the sled! But honestly, this little guy would be a blast to play with all year round!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your kids, crafting supplies, and penguin template to get started!

How to Make a Paper Bag Penguin Puppet

Supplies

Directions

  • Grab your colored papers for your Paper Bag Penguin Puppet. I’m using black for the head, wings, and body pattern, gray for the front part, orange for the beak and feet, pink for the blush, and white for the face patterns.  
  • Use the template to trace and cut out the patterns on the craft paper. 
  • Glue the face cutout in the middle of the head cutout.
  • Glue on the eyes, beak, and blush to the face.
  • Grab your paper bag and use it to trace the body pattern on the black paper. Then, cut out the body pattern. 
  • Glue the body pattern onto one side of the paper bag. This will be the front of your puppet. 
  • Glue on the front part of the penguin near the top of the body pattern on the paper bag.
  • Glue the feet at the bottom; towards the opening of the paper bag. Then glue the wings on the outer sides of the paper bag.
  • Finally, glue the head on the flat flap at the top of your puppet. Now your Paper Bag Penguin Puppet is ready to go! 

Tips and Tricks

  • Seventeen species of penguins means that there are 17 different penguin puppets you can make! Or get creative and create your own species. I think mine would be green with pink hearts all over! 
  • Add googly eyes for some extra silliness when it moves. 
  • Want your penguin to be extra special? Glue on a thin layer of glitter to add some sparkle to your puppet! 
  • Make a Santa hat and attach it to the head to make a festive and jolly penguin. 

More Penguin Ideas

Want to learn all about the penguins? Check out this All Things Penguins For Kids Book. It’s got tons of fun facts that will entertain your child for hours!

If your kid needs a bit more sensory activities, this Penguin Fidget toy is perfect! Or let them pretend they are a penguin with this little Penguin Headband, Bowtie, and Tail Set. They even have a pink one!

This Penguin with a Heart is perfect for Valentine’s Day but really can be used all year round! You can even glue a popsicle stick on the back to make little penguin chicks for your Paper Bag Penguin Puppet.

For More Paper Bag Puppet Ideas, Check Out These:

Paper Bag Penguin Puppet

Paper Bag Penguin Puppet

Materials

  • Colored craft paper
  • Sharpie
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper bag

Instructions

Grab your colored papers for your Paper Bag Penguin Puppet. I’m using black for the head, wings, and body pattern, gray for the front part, orange for the beak and feet, pink for the blush, and white for the face patterns.  

Use the template to trace and cut out the patterns on the craft paper. 

Glue the face cutout in the middle of the head cutout.

Glue on the eyes, beak, and blush to the face.

Grab your paper bag and use it to trace the body pattern on the black paper. Then, cut out the body pattern. 

Glue the body pattern onto one side of the paper bag. This will be the front of your puppet. 

Glue on the front part of the penguin near the top of the body pattern on the paper bag.

Glue the feet at the bottom; towards the opening of the paper bag. Then glue the wings on the outer sides of the paper bag.

Finally, glue on the head on the flat flap at the top of your puppet. Now your Paper Bag Penguin Puppet is ready to go! 

Notes

17 species of penguins means that there are 17 different penguin puppets you can make! Or get creative and create your own species. I think mine would be green with pink hearts all over! 

Add googly eyes for some extra silliness when it moves. 

Want your penguin to be extra special? Glue on a thin layer of glitter to add some sparkle to your puppet! 

Make a Santa hat and attach it to the head to make a festive and jolly penguin. 

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