We love a good puppet show at our house, as well as a good sing along! And there is nothing better to inspire shows and singing then some easy to make puppets!
Puppets can help kids act out a situation that is bothering them, or deal with a fear. They are a fabulous starting point for loads of creative, imaginative play and can be used in so many different ways. Puppets can inspire learning, and help us parents be less self concious when it comes to singing with our kids.
We’ve shared a five sets of free, printable puppets so far, plus one ‘make your own’ template for loads of puppety fun!
I made our first set of printable puppets back in 2011 when my middle boy was obsessed with frogs. With these printable frog puppets we sang every frog song known to mankind, we set up imaginary play scenes with them and used them with play dough.
The frogs inspired me to make another set of puppets based on a song we all knew and loved, Five Little Ducks. It’s amazing how much less self conscious you are about singing with your child if you have a cute little puppet in your hand and can make believe your not so perfect voice is coming from the dancing duck!
Next it was our favourite counting song ,Three Jelly Fish. These puppets were lots of fun with their long curly tentacles and because this song wasn’t quite so well know we made a quick video to help everyone learn it.
My twins first learned the Autumn Leaves song when they were in kinder (preschool) and then my middle boy learned it when it was his turn and this song still gets stuck in our heads each autumn. We made a video for this one too!
And last year our smallest child began to take part in the puppet shows. We made him his own set of adorable monsters when he suddenly began to see monsters everywhere and was scared by them. How could anyone be scared of these guys?? The monsters have a matching set of printable note cards just in case you want to send those monsters a letter to ask them to stop scaring you!
But what if you are super creative and want to make your own puppets?? Well, we had a fabulous time making our own finger leg puppets. I created a printable template to make it easier for little people to judge where the legs will go when they are drawing so you can make all kinds of crazy puppet creations!
After many requests we finally made five cheeky monkey puppets… and a crocodile/aligator!
Five currant buns in a baker’s shop! One of our favourite counting songs is now part of our printable puppet selection!
All of these printable puppets are free to download, just click on the links above to visit the post and download the pdf. Then all you need to do is download, print, cut and play!
I’ll be making more printable puppets soon and I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions for what we could make next! Please leave a comment and tell me what should the next set of puppets be?