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20 Free Printable Paper Hand Puppets

These free printable paper hand puppets are super fun to create and even more fun to play with afterwards! They are excellent for encouraging imaginative play.

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Supplies needed:

  • Free printable templates (the download links are located underneath each section)
  • White cardstock (standard printer paper will work, however cardstock is highly recommended)
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape

Free Printable Dog Puppet

dog puppet

This adorable dog puppet is perfect for kids to create and then play with afterwards. It’s great for encouraging imaginative play.

Download the Dog Puppet.

Free Printable Cat Puppet

cat puppet

This super cute kitten puppet is great for all cat lovers! Have fun coloring in the template and then having a puppet show after!

Download the cat puppet.

Free Printable Giraffe Puppet

giraffe puppet

Calling all zoo lovers! This giraffe puppet is perfect for creative and imaginative play.

Download the giraffe puppet.

Free Printable Frog Puppet

frog puppet

This is a super cool puppet that includes a frog’s tongue that sticks out of it’s mouth when it opens and closes!

Download the frog puppet.

Free Printable Horse Puppet

horse puppet

This fun template doubles as a creative craft as well as a fun toy perfect for puppet shows.

Download the horse puppet.

Free Printable Monkey Puppet

monnkey puppet

This monkey puppet is perfect for all zoo lovers! It is a great way to encourage kids to be creative and put on fun plays with their classmates and friends!

Download the monkey puppet.

Free Printable Bunny Puppet

bunny puppet

This free printable bunny hand puppet is a super cute craft that is perfect for the Spring season. It is a great project to work on at home or in the classroom.

With just a few supplies you probably already have around the house, your kids can make this fun craft and also have a toy to play with afterwards. It is great way to encourage creativity and imaginative play.

Download the bunny puppet.

Free Printable Lion Puppet

lion puppet

This lion puppet is great for putting on animal themed shows and encourages storytelling skills!

Download the lion puppet.

How to use the templates:

Step 1: Print out the pdf templates.

The hand puppet template links are located at the bottom of each section. Download the pdf and then print onto white cardstock.

While you can use regular printer paper if you would like, I would highly recommend using cardstock instead. The puppet will be much more durable and higher quality.

Step 2: Color in the puppets.

Next, begin to color in the puppets using crayons, markers or colored pencils. You don’t have to color in the two rectangles on the sides of the template, these will become the handles and will not be visible from the front.

Step 3: Cut out the template.

Cut out all of the pieces of the template and then set aside.

Step 4: Fold the puppet.

Start by folding the puppet along the grey dotted lines. After you are done folding, you should only be able to see the puppets face. The inside of the puppet’s mouth will be hidden when closed. Also make sure to fold the ends of the two rectangles the will be the puppet’s handles.

Step 5: Add the handles.

Place glue onto the two sections of the rectangle labeled “glue.” (Please note: you can also use tape instead of glue if you would like). Attach the handles to the top and bottom of the puppet’s mouth.

Free Printable Chick Puppet

chick puppet

This free printable chick puppet is a fun craft perfect for the Spring season. It is a great project to work on at home, in the classroom or during a playdate.

With just a few supplies you most likely already have around the house, your kids can create this craft and also have a fun toy to play with afterwards.

Download the chick puppet.

Free Printable Monster Puppet

monster hand puppet

Halloween is right around the corner! Start getting into the holiday spirit by making these fun free printable Halloween hand puppets. Featuring Frankenstein, monsters, vampires and Jack-O-Lanterns, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Download the monster puppet.

Free Printable Pumpkin Puppet

jack o lantern hand puppet

Download the pumpkin puppet.

Free Printable Vampire Puppet

vampire hand puppet

Download the vampire puppet.

Free Printable Frankenstein Puppet

frankenstein hand puppet

Download the Frankenstein puppet.

Favorite Printable Supplies:

These are a few of my favorite supplies that I use for printable games and activities:

  • White Cardstock: For most projects, I recommend printing onto cardstock. It is much more durable than standard printer paper and often produces a higher quality print.
  • Crayons: A staple in any crafting household. Crayola is always the top notch choice!
  • Kid Friendly Safety Scissors: These are perfect for little kids learning how to use scissors. They cut paper but not fingers or hair!
  • Glue Sticks: These disappearing purple glue sticks are by far my favorite! I love buying them in bulk since we use them so often!
  • Lamination Machine: Laminating printables are a great way to make them last longer. If you are planning on laminating to make games reusable, be sure to get a bunch of dry erase markers as well.
  • Dry Erase Pockets: Dry erase pockets are a great alternative to using a lamination machine when wanting to make printable games and activities reusable.
  • Printer: A high quality printer is always recommended for the best results. If you are in need of a printer this Brother Wireless Printer is a great choice.

Free Printable Turkey Puppet

printable turkey puppet

Thanksgiving is on it’s way! Start off the holiday season right by working on some fun crafts with the kids. This free printable Turkey Hand Puppet is a great project for kids of all ages. Whether you want to make it before the big day, or while you’re waiting for dinner to be ready, everyone will be sure to love it!

Download the turkey puppet.

Free Printable Santa Puppet

santa hand puppet

Christmas will be here before you know it! Start getting into the holiday spirit now by making some of these fun free printable Christmas hand puppets. Featuring Santa, Snowmen and Reindeer, there are plenty of options kids of all ages will enjoy!

Download the Santa puppet.

Free Printable Reindeer Puppet

reindeer hand puppet printable

Download the reindeer puppet.

Free Printable Snowman Puppet

snowman hand puppet printable

Download the snowman puppet.

Free Printable Leprechaun Puppet

paper leprechaun puppet

This free printable Leprechaun puppet is a super fun craft the is perfect for getting everyone into the holiday spirit this upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. It is great for both at home or in the classroom.

With minimal supplies, your kids can easily create this craft and then have a fun toy to play with at the end.

Download the leprechaun puppet.

Free Printable Uncle Sam Puppet

uncle sam hand puppet printable

Celebrate America this 4th of July with this free printable Uncle Sam puppet craft! It is a great activity for kids to do during a barbecue or play date this Summer. With minimal supplies, your kids can create this easy craft and have a fun toy to play with at the end!

Download the Uncle Sam puppet.

Free Printable Apple Graduation Puppet

apple graduation puppet

This adorable free printable apple paper puppet is perfect for graduation season. It features a cute apple wearing a graduation cap and once assembled can open and close it’s mouth!

Download the Apple Graduation Puppet.