Children love puppets and these cute little ones made from paper bags are easy to make and very affordable. Using bits and pieces from around the house, you can decorate a simple paper bag to create a wide assortment of characters. Making these puppets provides plenty of opportunities to teach your pre-school aged child about themselves and other people. However, older kids often enjoy making them as well, and I've seen some very imaginative designs, including animals, pirates and even Santa Claus, made by this age-group.
Paper bag puppets cost next to nothing to make, and children are only limited by their imagination. While simple puppets can be made with just a paper bag and some felt-tipped pens or crayons, more sophisticated designs require extra craft supplies. How many or few items you use depends entirely on your budget and how old your children are. While very small children generally aren't too concerned about what they're using, older ones and those who are more creative may be fussier. Therefore, before you begin, it's a good idea to collect the items which you'll use together, and perhaps even prepare some examples so the children will have a rough idea what they're meant to do.
: From half an hour to over an hour, depending on how old the children are and how ornately they want to decorate their puppet.
: Any Age
Paper bag puppets are so much fun, and I can guarantee that your children will enjoy many happy hours creating their own. Some characters which lend themselves to this kind of puppet-making are: princesses, fairies, zombies, court jesters, Santa Claus, Easter bunnies, Count Dracula, dogs, cats, witches and clowns. When the puppet-making is complete, perhaps you can encourage your children to stage an impromptu puppet show, starring the characters that they've made.
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