Over 60 Free Puppet Craft Ideas


Children love imaginative play. Encourage imaginative play with puppets. Fun ideas for making and playing with finger puppets, paper puppets and others.


  • Sock Puppets
  • Paper Bag Puppets
  • Craft Stick Puppets
  • Plastic or Wooden Spoon Puppets
  • Glove or Mitten Puppets
  • Animal or Picture Puppets
  • Paper Plate Puppets
  • Pipe Cleaner Puppets
  • Marionette or String Puppets
  • Rod Puppets


  • Improve Motor Skills - Manipulating puppets encourages movement which will improve fine motor skills.
  • Stimulate Imagination - Creating puppets and creating puppet shows are ways to stimulate the imagination.
  • Develop Language Skills - Puppets can increase communication and language skills through oral speaking.
  • Social and Behavior Development - Through role-playing children can learn how to act and behave when with other children and adults. 
  • Teach Etiquette - Learn to say "please", "thank you", "excuse me".
  • Music Appreciation - Puppets make the perfect companion for helping to teach children a new song and song gestures. Puppets can make marching and dancing to music more interesting.
  •  Encourage Creativity - Children can use puppets to come up with stories and creative ways to solve problems.
  • Boost Confidence - Puppets give children the confidence to read or talk out loud when around other people or in class.

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"Oh" Dreamworks Character Puppet

"Oh" Dreamworks Character Puppet

Celebrate the intergalactic arrival of DreamWorks with this puppet. Joann

Adorable Stick Puppet

This stick puppet is sure to be a hit during puppet play. The idea should inspire you to make many, many more. By Courtney Constable at

Animal Clothespin Puppets

Download the printable and make some fun animal puppets for arts and craft time. Miniature Masterminds

Animated Stick Puppets

These puppets have moveable parts. Make a fish wiggle as it swims, a monkey climb a tree, and have puppet people move their arms! Aunt Annie

Astronaut Puppet Craft

These spacemen are so fun to make and play with! With the free printable template, these puppets are easy to make. Kids Craft Room

Ballerina Marionette

Make a Ballerina Marionette. When you pull the string, the arms and legs move! Enchanted Learning

Bunny Hand Puppet

Bunny Hand Puppet

Sew a cute bunny hand puppet as a gift for a special child for Easter with this tutorial. My Poppet Makes

Chick & Bunny Hand Puppets

With the simple free pattern, felt, scissors and glue, these felt hand puppets can be made.

Chick and Bunny Stick Puppets

These Popsicle stick puppets are quick, easy, and fun for kids of all ages. Easy Peasy and Fun

Clothespin Puppets

Clothespin Puppets

With some basic craft supplies and clothespins, you can create cute clothespin puppets for your child to enjoy. Let your imagination go wild! Joann

Clothespin Snowman Puppet

Make a snowman (or other characters) using a spring clothespin, some paper, markers and wiggle eyes!

Crochet Finger Puppets

Crochet Finger Puppets

Crochet up some cute finger puppet figures with these free patterns. Joann

Dinosaur and Egg Stick Puppets

Download the free dinosaur and egg template and make them into stick puppets. Three Kids, Three Cats and a Husband

Dinosaur Glove Puppet

Does your kid love dinosaurs? You can craft a no-sew dinosaur puppet using just a glove, a little felt, and a few other crafting supplies. A Thrifty Mom

Dinosaur Puppet

Kids can color and cut out their own dinosaur puppet using this printable template. My Little Day

Dinosaur Shadow Puppet and Screen

In this activity, you can learn how to make your own shadow puppet, and put on a show with a variety of dinosaurs. Natural History Museum

Dinosaur Stick Puppets

These stick puppets are so easy to make and can be played with right away because no glue is used. So not need for drying time. My Bored Toddler

Dinosaur Stick Puppets

Learn all about dinosaurs while coloring these awesome dinosaur coloring pages. Cut them out and add craft sticks to make them into easy stick puppets. First Palette

Dory Puppet Show

Dory Puppet Show

Micheal's has some fun Finding Dory images to download and color for free, add them to some popsicle sticks for a fun puppet show. Michaels

Easter Finger Puppets

Easter Finger Puppets

Keep little fingers busy with this trio of foam finger puppets for Easter - a chick, a lamb and a bunny. Craft Bits

Fairy Tale Finger Puppets

Fairy Tale Finger Puppets

Learn how to make moon, unicorn, and star finger puppets. Joann

Family Stick Puppets

Kids can learn all about shapes while making this easy family of stick puppets and their home. Frist Palette

Felt Finger Puppets

Felt Finger Puppets

Felt sheets, googly eyes, black marker and glue are all you need to make some felt finger puppets with these instructions. Joann

Finger Puppet Pompom Critters

Finger Puppet Pompom Critters

These pom pom finger puppets are easy and fun for children to make and a great way to encourage kids' imaginative play and storytelling. Joann

Fish Clothespin Puppet

Download the free printable and follow the instructions to make your own fish clothespin puppet. Kid Lab

Four Animal Clothespin Puppets

Make some clothespin puppets using the free printable with a fox, an alligator, a giraffe, and a bird. Delia Creates

Girl Paper Bag Puppet

These puppets can be made with leftover fabric scraps and other craft and sewing items. Easy project for parent and child to do together. Craft and Fabric Links

Halloween Puppets

Halloween Puppets

Enjoy creative playtime with our Bat, Ghost and Pumpkin puppets. A free crochet pattern. Yarnspirations

Halloween Stick Puppets

Made mini pumpkins and Frankensteins! After the crafts dry the kids can put on a Halloween-themed puppet show with them. Crafty Morning

Hand Puppets for Play

Hand Puppets for Play

With this free pattern, crochet Good Witch, Mean Witch and Flying Monkey puppets for some creative playtime. Yarnspirations

How to Make a Sock Puppet

How to Make a Sock Puppet

Kid's will have fun creating sock puppets with old or mismatched socks and some basic craft supplies and things you already have around your home.

How to Make Puppets

Lots of puppet ideas - Sock Puppets, Canvas Puppets, Paper Bag Puppets, Stick Puppets, Marionettes, and Hand Puppets, Bent Spoon Puppets and Puppets from Cups. Danielle's Place

Jazzy Stick Puppets

Jazz up some stick puppets with sequins. So much fun and sparklely. Six Time Mommy

Ladybug, Bummblebee and Ladybug Puppet PDF

How to make these hand puppets from felt with this printable pattern. Joann

Monster Sock Puppet

Monster Sock Puppet

Do you have a single sock missing its mate? Turn the sock into a fun monster sock puppet craft. Jinxy Kids

Noodles and Pals Dancing Puppets

With Noodle & Pals Dancing Paper Puppets print out, kids will enjoy dancing and singing along to the Noodle & Pals hit “My Happy Song?” Super Simple

Paper Bag Puppet Tutorials

Very simple puppets made from small paper lunch bags. You can also make a raccoon, dog, cat, rabbit, bunny, mouse, pig, or panda. Enchanted Learning

Paper Bag Puppets

Dozens of paper bag puppets you and your kids can make with these free instructions. DLTK's Sites Growing Together

Paper Finger Puppets

Your fingers are the legs (or trunk) of these simple paper puppets. You can make the entire cast of a nursery rhyme or fairy tale in just a few minutes, and then put on your own show. Enchanted Learning

Playful Puppets

Playful Puppets

Follow this free crochet pattern to create animal puppets. Yarnspirations

Plush Ghost Hand Puppet

Plush Ghost Hand Puppet

A ghost seems like the right spooky character to turn into a puppet at Halloween. Here is a free tutorial with a free template. Scratch and Stitch

Polar Bear Finger Puppet

How to make a polar bear finger puppet. Free template. I Heart Crafty Things

Polar Bear Paper Bag Puppet

Polar Bear Paper Bag Puppet

Wintertime is the perfect time of year to teach kids about the animals that live in the arctic. One animal is a polar bear. Make a polar bear puppet to go along with the lesson. Simple Everyday Mom

Pterodactyl Flying Puppet

Here is a fun and easy paper pterodactyl puppet craft for kids. The template to make this paper puppet is free! The Craft Train

Puppet Scarf

Puppet Scarf

This scarf will keep them warm and offer an opportunity for some creative play. Yarnspirations

Puppets to Make

Make an elephant, cat, monkey or bunny puppet - printable picture, color, cut and attached to lunch size paper bag. Sunnie Bunnie ZZ

Rocket Ship Puppet

Blast Off! Kids can enjoy pretending to be in outer space after making some rocket ship stick puppets. Glued To My Crafts

Royal Court Felt Finger Puppets

Royal Court Felt Finger Puppets

Your kids can become a character in their own fairy tale with this creative craft. Michaels

Scrubby Shark Crochet Puppet

Scrubby Shark Crochet Puppet

Make bath time a fun time with this friendly puppet-style scrubby! Yarnspirations

Sheep Stick Puppets

An adorable sheep craft that is fun to make and fun to play with too. Big Family Blessings

Simple Stick Puppets

Oink. Cluck. Moo. In celebration of spring, make some simple farm animal stick puppet friends. The Honest Company

Sock Puppet

Learn how to make a sock puppet. Legends and Lore

Spoon Puppets

Make some wild and wacky spoon critters puppets. Crafts For Kids

Stage - Cardboard Puppet Theatre

How to make a homemade puppet theatre. Let's Play Music

Stage - Craft Stick Puppet Theater

Create and decorate a little puppet theater out of a cardboard box. Then make some simple craft stick puppets to star in the show! Crafts by Amanda

Stage - DIY Puppet Theatre

Want to make a puppet theatre for home or in the classroom? Here is our DIY tutorial on how to build a sturdy puppet theatre from wood! Adventure in a Box

Stage - Puppet Theatre

This is a really simple-to-make Puppet Theatre. Ziggity Zoom

Stage - Puppet Theatre

How to make a DIY puppet theatre for kids. S&S Blog

Stage - Puppet Theatre Tutorial

Want to put on a puppet show! Make your own puppet theatre with these instructions. Puppet Show Place

Stage - Tabletop Puppet Theatre

Learn how to make a puppet theatre for under $5. Childhood 101

Three Little Pigs Stick Puppets

Three Little Pigs Stick Puppets

Make stick puppets to tell the story of The Three Little Pigs. Joann

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