Printable Puppets

Printable Puppets - 6 different sets of free printable puppets from picklebums,.com

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!

Free Printable Puppets!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

Five Cheeky Monkeys and a Crocodile! Free printable puppets

After many requests we finally made five cheeky monkey puppets… and a crocodile/aligator!


Five Currant Buns - free printable puppets!

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?

Read the comments or scroll down to add your own:

  1. says

    What a fabulous collection!! Thanks so much for sharing! Have pinned these and can’t wait to print them and use them! :) I especially love the ones that go along with a familiar song, what fun! :)

  2. Theresa in Texas says

    I love all of them but I just printed out the monsters and will be making them into puppets to put in Christmas shoeboxes that I put together for Samaritan’s Purse in the fall. They are so cute!

    I would really appreciate your making some “girly-girl” ones, too. Maybe some princesses or cute fairies??

    Thanks for such a wonderful blog–I love opening your e-mails because I know it is going to be something fantastic!

  3. barbara muir says

    I was thinking of maybe 5 little men in a flying saucer, or 12345 once I caught a fish alive etc. your ideas are great xx

  4. Giane says

    I love your puppets! Thanks for sharing!!! It would be fun to have puppets for There Was a Little Turtle and the Little White Duck.

  5. Shari says

    I work at a library doing storytimes for babies, twos and sometimes ages 3-5. I love your printables and have used most of them at some time or another. Keep up the great work!

  6. fernanda says

    kate hermoso tu sitio gracias por compartir cosas lindas . yo tambien soy maestra de preschool en argentina saludos

  7. meshell says

    These are just great! I’m going to signpost my parents to your puppets without delay. Have you thought of changing old classics to suit the time of year?

    For instance: Five Cherry Buns becomes Five Mince Pies/Five Christmas Puddings for Christmas.

  8. Denise S. says

    Just found your printable puppets today as I was looking for a cute way to introduce subtraction to my kindergarten class. I saw that you were wondering about other puppet ideas. Five Little pumpkins is classic. Ten Timid Ghosts and the witch might be fun too. Ten in the Bed or the Napping House. Thanks so much for making the puppets free.

  9. Cyndi says

    Love your puppets! Suggestions for future puppets: farm animals, jungle animals, seasonal (Hallowe’en, Easter, Christmas, etc.), people (mom, dad, girl, boy, baby). Thanks! :)

  10. Megan says

    Thanks for a great resource!
    Would love to see family puppets or different emotions/feelings.

    Thanks again.

  11. Silja says

    Hi! You have done so nice material and I am glad that I can use these. I would be very happy, if You can do some day any fairytale theme puppets. I think maybe Redhood, Three pigs or Snowwhite. Thank you! Greetings from Estonia :)

  12. Katryna says

    These are fantastic resources. My preschool children love them. What about puppets to match stories like Brown Bear Brown Bear and Dear Zoo?

  13. Carolina says

    These are so pretty!!! Would love if you’d make more like farm animals to go along. I’ll use the duck for a story. Thanks so much!

  14. Ms. DJ says

    Love your puppets for my prek kiddos! The puppets are so colorful and CUTE! I was looking for ones to go with a popular new book-“Hog in the Fog.” I’d love to see you do some of some of the newer books to help students do retelling and recalling! Keep up the great work you are the best thing to happen to a poor teacher how wants to have fun with her class!

  15. joyce says

    This is a fabulous idea thank you! I have printed these off to use when the grandchildren come to stay in the summer holidays!

  16. Loraine says

    I really loved all the puppets on this page. They are very helpful for us childcare workers, who are always on the look out for resources, to make teaching our little toddlers a fun filled activity. Hope you could make puppets on shapes, people who help us and and colours.

  17. Lyn says

    I loved all your printables….. You are a amazing ! How about five little snowmen standing in a row..

  18. Adie says

    Thank you so much for these wonderful puppets. I’m trying to settle my son into preschool and he loves these songs that they sing there, thought it would help if we sang them at home too!

  19. Urith says

    My Children are obsessed with Peter and the Wolf could you make the characters? They hum the musical phrase for each character and know the instruments by sight and sound. Awesome little people. I would love the instruments too if you are keen. Big ask……

  20. Tracy Landis says

    Thank you so much for sharing. These are adorable. I’m just starting out and these will be fantastic to engage my little fellows in my autistic support class at circletime.

  21. Virginia Broadbent says

    These puppets are brilliant! Thanks so much for being so generous. It would be lovely to have a set of farm animals for “old MacDonald had a farm”.

  22. Kyndra Jones says

    I was wondering if you are still doing the puppets? They are precious and I can’t wait to use some of them in my storytime next week! Please let me know if you are planning on making more, I can’t wait to see! Thanks and God Bless!

  23. Donna says

    Oh my goodness, I love love love these! I love all the puppets! I’m about to start teaching prep (Kinder) so I am SO happy that you’ve made these! All my favourite songs, right here! :)

    • katepickle says

      Please do let me know if you can think of some other songs that would lend themselves well to puppets… I am almost at the end of my list!

  24. Ramona George says

    This is exactly what I was looking for!!! Thank you so much for sharing for free even though I would have been willing to pay a small fee!!!

  25. Percy says

    What lovely puppets and a wonderful idea to accompany nursery rhymes with! I had been toying with the idea of making puppets to go with the rhymes, but do not have your artistic skills to do so. Thank you very much for sharing your ideas and puppets!

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