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Create your own paper bag puppets with these free paper bag puppet templates

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One of the best parts of children is their ability to process life through play. Once they’re preschoolers, they can act out full story plots, and it’s quite impressive! 

An easy and fun way to help them do this is by making some paper bag puppets. It doesn’t take much, and you’re setting kids up with hours of creative play! 

Best of all, you probably have all the supplies on hand, and our FREE paper bag puppet templates make it super easy! 

Paper Bag Puppet Ideas

And while you’re grabbing supplies, we highly recommend making our DIY Puppet Theater: Create Your Own Puppet Show Stage to use with your creations!

Paper Bag Puppet Ideas 

The sky is the limit! You can draw any creature or person or object on a paper bag! But here are a few fun ideas kids can really fun with! 

  • Animal paper bag puppets.
    Make a farm, make a zoo, make a Rainforest- animal play is always a hit with the younger crowd! 
  • Create your family
    Have kids create themself! Then have them create family members and friends.
  • Create people in your neighborhood.
    Why now give your mailwoman, trash collector, or create a police officer paper bag puppet? Kids can act out everyday scenes and stories with people and faces. 
  • Magical creatures.
    Hello, unicorn puppets out of paper bags. Dragon paper bag puppets, and even if they aren’t technically magical, Dinosaur paper bag puppets are always a win! 
  • Favorite book characters.
    My son is so obsessed with Dog Man at the moment, that the idea of recreating the characters and acting out a book is just about the most exciting idea! Choose a favorite book and have them create what they think the characters look like. Plus, they have a built-in plot to act out for a puppet show! 
  • Favorites movie characters.
    They may know every song and every line from their favorite Disney movie. Why not let them create and use some imaginative play to spend an afternoon of fun. 
Paper Bag Puppet Templates

Paper Bag Puppet Templates

Sometimes the creativity is just in practicing coloring, cutting, and gluing. These are all essential school skills that studies are finding kids don’t get enough practice in prior to school. An easy and fun way to help practice is to grab paper bag puppet templates and let kids create based on the template!

And you know we have you covered with several fun FREE paper bag puppet templates ready to download and use!

Yield: 1-3 Puppets

Paper Bag Puppets

Paper Bag Puppets

How to create your own paper bag puppets with free paper bag puppet templates! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost free


  1. Print out paper bag puppet printable. 
  2. Color the desired character either on the template, or draw your own directly on the paper bag 
  3. Cut out the template. 
  4. Glue the head to the top flap of the paper bag. 
  5. Glue the mouth to the top of the bag under the flap. It shouldn’t show much when the flap is down, but be exposed when it’s opened. This makes the paper bag puppet look like it’s talking. 
  6. Have fun creating a puppet show! 

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    Free Unicorn Paper Bag Puppet Template 

    Of all the favorite paper bag creatures, a unicorn paper bag puppet is tops! There are so many fun ways for boys and girls to use a unicorn in a storyline! 

    Grab the FREE Unicorn Paper Bag Puppet Template in the form above!

    Dinosaur Puppet Paper Bag Template 

    Make your own T-rex with this free dinosaur paper bag puppet template! It’s fun to make several of them and make them all different colors! 

    Grab the FREE Dinosaur Paper Bag Puppet Template in the form above!

    Giraffe Paper Bag Puppet 

    We couldn’t leave you without at least one animal paper bag puppet template! And isn’t there something extra fun about a purple/black tongue hanging out of a giraffe’s mouth! 

    Grab the FREE Giraffe Paper Bag Puppet Template in the form above!

    And feel free to modify these templates to any similar animal or character (for personal use only). 

    We hope these paper bag puppets help inspire some easy and free (or really cheap) activities for kids to do at home! May their imagination and play time soar! 

    And stay tuned for tomorrow, we’ll share our easy puppet show theater DIY you can make in a few minutes or only a few dollars! 

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