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!
This printable hand puppet is a super fun and interactive craft for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. Whether you are planning on making this at home or at a party, it will definitely be a big hit with the kids!
Supplies needed to make the Uncle Sam puppet:
- Free printable template (the download link is located at the bottom of this post)
- White cardstock (standard printer paper would work as well, but cardstock is highly recommended)
- Markers, crayons or colored pencils
- Glue or tape
How to put together the puppet:
Step 1: Print out the template.
Download the Uncle Sam puppet from the link at the bottom of this post. Once downloaded, you can print the template out onto an 8.5×11 inch piece of white cardstock.
While you can also use regular printer paper, I would definitely recommend using white cardstock instead. The final puppet will be much more durable and be able to withstand being played with for much longer.
Step 2: Color in the puppet.
Using crayons, markers, colored pencils or any other art supplies you have around the house, begin to color in the puppet. You don’t have to color in the two rectangles on the side of the template. These will become the handles and will not be seen from the front.
Step 3: Cut out the pieces of the template.
Next, cut out Uncle Sam and the two rectangles on the side of the template.
Step 4: Fold the puppet.
Once everything is cut out, you can begin folding the puppet along the grey dotted lines. After folding, you should only be able to see Uncle Sam’s face. His mouth should remain hidden when the puppet is closed. Make sure to also fold the two rectangles that will become the puppet’s handles.
Step 5: Add on the two handles.
Using glue, secure the two handles to the top and bottom of the puppet’s mouth. You can also use tape if you don’t have any glue handy. When you put your hand into the handles, the puppet’s mouth should easily open and close.
Step 6: Enjoy playing with your puppet!
Free Printable Uncle Sam Puppet
This puppet was designed to be printed onto one 8.5×11 inch piece of white cardstock or printer paper. One puppet will print per page.
Please feel free to download and print as many copies of the hand puppet as you would like. However, please do not edit or redistribute the files in any way. These crafts were created for personal or classroom use only.
More fun free printable 4th of July games and activities below:
- Free Printable 4th of July Word Search
- Free Printable 4th of July I Spy
- Free Printable 4th of July Word Scramble
- Free Printable 4th of July Maze
- 4th of July Mason Jar Cookies with Free Printable Recipe Tag
- Free Printable American Flag Coloring Page
- Free Printable how many words can you make out of Independence Day
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