Best Free Puppet Craft Ideas


Do you remember the days you spent making puppets?  I sure do!  I loved making paper bag puppets the most!

My mom always had a large package of brown paper lunch bags; these were the foundations of most of my puppets.  It took me some time to figure out how much I could draw under the flap and still make sure the flap covered it when closed!

Puppets are loved by children all over the world.  They are all-in on creating simple puppets, they like to develop voices for their puppets, and they enjoy watching puppet shows put on by others.

A puppet can be a representation of anything and imaginations run wild when kids design their own puppets! 

Types of Puppets

The following is a list of the various types of puppets ranging from very simple to very complex, and you can find great ideas for making unique and fun simple puppets at the links below on this page.

The types of puppets are:

  • 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
  • Shadow Puppets (complex)
  • Ventriloquist Dummy Puppets (complex)
  • Carnival Puppets (complex)

Sock Puppets

Let’s talk a bit about one particular puppet: the sock puppet. These puppets are a very simple kind of hand puppet, and we love them because you reuse old socks in making them. 

We at love to reuse to save the environment! Check this page for more ideas to use socks!

Have one sock that is missing its partner?  Well, there you have it; the foundation for your puppet!

Making sock puppets can involve many skills such as cutting, sewing, and gluing to add items to your sock to make it into a person, animal, or whatever strikes your fancy. 

Learn more about making a sock puppet with this special tutorial.

Benefits of Puppet Play

Early Childhood is the perfect time for gaining skills from puppet play, although there are benefits of using puppets and watching puppet shows for all ages. Some of the greatest benefits are below.

  • 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.

Now that you know about the types of puppets and their benefits, it’s time to check out the rest of our page.  We have many, many links to different types of puppets for you and the kiddos to make.

Enjoy making and using the puppet ideas below!

Best Free Puppet Craft Ideas

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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

Cat Family Stick Puppets

Cat Family Stick Puppets

This tutorial features cat family puppets featuring Mummy, Daddy and kitten is three times the fun! Easy Crafts for Kids

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 #ad

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

Clothespin Snowman Puppet

Clothespin Snowman Puppet #ad

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

Crochet Finger Puppets

Crochet Finger Puppets #ad

Crochet up some cute finger puppet figures with these free patterns. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Deer Paper Stick Puppet

Deer Paper Stick Puppet

This deer paper puppet craft brings some good old-fashioned 2-D fun. You will love using them to tell fun stories of the holidays or put on puppet shows set in the woods. Ottawa Mommy Club

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 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

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

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

Dory Puppet Show

Dory Puppet Show #ad

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. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Dragon Finger Puppets

Dragon Finger Puppets

These adorable dragon finger puppets are a salute to Toothless and Light Fury from How to Train Your Dragon. Learn how to make them at this website. Crafts by Amanda

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

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 #ad

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

Four Animal Clothespin Puppets

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

Frog Hand Puppet

Frog Hand Puppet

In honor of Kermit the Frog, create this frog hand puppet with this free tutorial and pattern. Glue Sticks

Giraffe Marionette

Giraffe Marionette

How to make a puppet marionette with Toilet Paper Rolls, paper, paint and a few other basic craft supplies. Red Ted Art

Giraffe Sock Puppet

Recycle an old or mismatched socks into a giraffe sock puppet. Craft Jr

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

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Stick Puppets

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Stick Puppets

This storybook craft is perfect for preschoolers! Read the story and have the kids make and act out the story with these puppets. Ottawa Mommy Club

Halloween Puppets

Halloween Puppets #ad

Enjoy creative playtime with our Bat, Ghost and Pumpkin puppets. A free crochet pattern. Affiliate Link to 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 #ad

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

How to Make a Sock Puppet (No Sewing)

How to Make a Sock Puppet (No Sewing)

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 Bunny Finger Puppets Kids Will Love

How To Make Bunny Finger Puppets Kids Will Love

These fun bunny finger puppets will keep the kids entertained and are a no-mess craft. Family Focus Blog

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

Ladybug, Bummblebee and Ladybug Puppet PDF

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

Mermaid Paper Bag Puppet

Mermaid Paper Bag Puppet

This mermaid paper bag puppet craft is such a fun paper bag craft idea for toddlers and preschoolers! Messy Little Monster

Minion Finger Puppets

Minion Finger Puppets

Making finger puppets requires very few supplies and it’s a great indoor activity to do with the kids. Here is a free tutorial with a free pattern for making minion finger puppets. Sustain My Craft Habit

Mitten Puppets

Mitten Puppets

Winter is almost over and perhaps you have some mittens without a mate. Or mittens that the kids have outgrown. Don't toss them! Make them into puppets by reading this blog post. Crafts by Amanda

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

Origami Bird Puppets

Origami Bird Puppets

How to make paper bird finger puppets with scrap paper. Red Ted Art

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 Cup Puppets

Paper Cup Puppets

These paper cup puppets are easy to make and will create a lot of imaginative role play. The Tiptoe Fairy

Paper Dog Hand Puppet

Paper Dog Hand Puppet

This free craft project makes a super easy dog craft for all lovers. Learn how to make this fun hand puppet. Red Ted Art

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 #ad

Follow this free crochet pattern to create animal puppets. Affiliate Link to 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 #ad

This scarf will keep them warm and offer an opportunity for some creative play. Affiliate Link to 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

Queen Spoon Puppet

Queen Spoon Puppet

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids occupied, how about making a queen puppet with them with these free instructions. In Our Spare Time

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 #ad

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

Scrubby Shark Crochet Puppet

Scrubby Shark Crochet Puppet #ad

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

Shark Printable Puppet Craft

Shark Printable Puppet Craft

Do you know the song "Baby Sharks"? These printable shark puppets are great for singing Shark Songs, or for using with playdough or for imaginative play. Pickle Bums

Sheep Stick Puppets

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 Puppy Tutorial

Lost sock? Make this sock puppy from a single sock. Little Black Teapot

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

Stage - Puppet Theatre #ad

How to make a DIY puppet theatre for kids. Affiliate Link to 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 #ad

Make stick puppets to tell the story of The Three Little Pigs. Affiliate Link to JOANN

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