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Paper Bag Cow Puppet Craft – With Free Printable Template

In this easy tutorial, you’ll learn how to create this adorable paper bag cow puppet. I have created a printable template to get you started. All you will have to do is print the template, cut out the pieces and glue to a white paper bag. In no time, you’ll have a cute cow puppet the kids will love!

paper bag cow puppet pin

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Something that I have learned from having two little boys running around the house is that things can get loud! (Okay, so only one of them is old enough to run right now but he sure does enough of it for the both of them).

It seems like my older son goes through phases of which animal he likes to pretend to be the best. We recently got out of a very long dinosaur phase. He would run around the house ROARING and trying to scare everyone. Things went to a whole other level once I made him his own dinosaur mask to go along with it!

Lately, he has been on a farm animal kick. He started out making loud pig noises but his oinking impression started hurting his throat and so we moved on to the cow. He walks around the house “MOOing” as loud as he can. He is very good about it though, I must say. He will usually ask if his baby brother is sleeping so he can adjust the level of his MOOOOO!

Now that I’m sitting here writing this, I can’t believe how into cows he is. My son recently learned a few jokes and they are all for some odd reason cow related. His favorite joke (that our entire extended family, the neighbors and even the mailman can tell you) goes like this.

“Where does a space cow live?”

After hearing that joke a few hundred times, my husband and I tried to teach him a few new jokes to add into the rotation. As much as we try, it always comes back to the space cow.

Anyway, after that long story, what I was trying to get at was that my older son was definitely the inspiration for this paper bag cow puppet. I thought it would be a great little activity for us to do together, and it gave him a cute puppet to make moo sounds with.

And now I will show you how to make a paper bag cow puppet for yourself! I created a free printable template that you can download from the very bottom of this post.

Supplies needed to make one paper bag cow puppet

  • Free printable template (the download link is located at the bottom of this post)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White paper bag (I got a pack from my local craft store. The exact dimensions were 4.7 inches wide by 8.9 inches tall. However, I found a pretty close match on Amazon here).

cow puppet supplies

The first thing I did after printing out the template was cut out all of the pieces. My kids aren’t great with using scissors quite yet but if yours are, this would be a great activity to help them practice. Especially the cow spots, since even if they didn’t cut them out perfectly, it would still look totally fine.

Next, we started gluing. Feel free to copy the example I made, or rearrange those spots to be wherever you would like!

cow progress picture

There are just two minor things I wanted to point out. The first is that the mouth should actually be glued underneath the flap. It should be mostly underneath with just a little bit peaking out of the bottom.

The second pointer is to glue down the cow’s eyes first so that you can glue his nose on top. In my example they overlap so that the nose is in the front.

Once everything is all glued down then it is time to play! I hope you all enjoyed making this fun paper bag cow craft as much as we did!

cow puppet

Free Printable Paper Bag Cow Puppet

This template was designed to be printed onto a standard 8.5×11 inch piece of printer paper. One cow template will print per page.

Please feel free to download and print as many copies of the cow template as you would like. However, please do not edit or redistribute the files in any way. This craft was created for personal or classroom use only.

paper bag cow puppet printable

Download link is located at the bottom of this post.

final paper bag cow

Download Link:

Download the paper bag cow puppet template.