Puppets have been entertaining children and adults alike for literally thousands of years. There are different theories as to when puppetry originated, but everyone seems to agree that it’s been at least 3,000 years that they’ve been in existence! If you’re searching for some fun puppets for kids, we’ve hit the jackpot. We have gathered our favorite DIY puppet crafts for kids that are fun afterward for play. Use these puppets for kids at home or in the classroom.
Favorite Puppets for Kids You Can Make
There are many different kinds of puppets too. Some puppets are small and fit on a child’s fingers, while others are larger and use the entire hand to animate. You can make them from fabric, socks, paper, felt, sticks and even gloves and mittens. You are going to love this list of puppets for kids to make.
Finger Puppets Kids Can Make
1. Monster Finger Puppets
Monster Finger Puppets don’t have to be scary. They can be super cute! – Create In The Chaos
2. Cute Bunny Finger Puppets
Bunny Finger Puppets are super cute, silly, and great for imaginative play.- I Heart Crafty Things
3. Silly Shape Finger Puppets
Silly Shape Finger Puppets are fun to make, a fun way to explore, and so silly!- Fun Family Crafts
Hand Puppets Kids Can Make
4. Oven Mitt Shark Puppet
Oven Mitt Shark Puppet are so chompy, but fun and easy to make.- Dollar Store Crafts
5. Old McDonald Hand Puppets
Old McDonald Hand Puppets had a farm. E I E I O!-Larissa Another Day
6. Bath Time Hand Puppet
Bath Time Hand Puppet is a great way to make bath time fun and silly!- Things for Boys
Stick Puppets Kids Can Make
7. Clown Stick Puppets
Paint Stick Clown Puppets are great for anyone who loves goofy clowns. – Kids Activities Blog
8. Children’s Art Stick Puppets
Stick Puppets from Children’s Art is a great way to recycle some of your kids old art.- Kids Activities Blog
9. Spider Stick Puppet
Spider Stick Puppets is a fun way to make the Itsy Bitsy Spider come to life…in a less crawly way.- Kids Craft Room
10. Ninja Turtle Stick Puppets
Ninja Turtle Stick Puppet make me wanna shout “cowabunga”!- One Artsy Mama
Paper Bag Puppets Kids Can Make
11. Classic Paper Bag Puppets
Everyone loves Classic Paper Bag Puppets! – Kids Activities Blog
12. Paper Bag Pirate Puppet
Paper Bag Pirate Puppet are great for imagination play. Arrr walk the plank!- Crafts by Amanda
13. Perry the Platypus Paper Bag Puppet
What do you want to do to day? I want to make a Perry the Platypus Paper Bag Puppet!- Chatting Over Chocolate
14. Paper Bag Lion Puppet
In the jungle the Paper Bag Lion Puppet sleeps! – Meaningful Mama
Sock Puppets Kids Can Make
15. Cat Sock Puppet
Use an old sock to make a cute Cat Sock Puppet! – Thrive Thru
16. Monster Sock Puppet
Oh my! These Monster Sock Puppet are not so scary after all! – Cincy Shopper
17. Horse Sock Puppet
Have a kid that loves horses? Then try making this Horse Sock Puppet. – Red Ted Art
Marionette Puppets Kids Can Make
18. Cardboard Tube Dog Marionette
This is perfect for pretend play! Love this Cardboard Tube Dog Marionette! – Red Ted Art
19. Leaf Bird Marionette
Learn about different leaves with this Leaf Bird Marionette! – Red Ted Art
Puppet Theaters Kids Can Make
20. Full Size Puppet Theater
How cool is this Full Size Puppet Theater? – Skip to My Lou
21. Wild West Puppet Theater
If you love cowboys and cowgirls then you’ll love this Wild West Puppet Theater. – The Country Chic Cottage
22. Doorway Puppet Theater
Save some craft supplies and make a Doorway Puppet Theater! – Skip to My Lou
23. Circus Tent Puppet Theater
Bring out the clowns to star in the center of this Circus Tent Puppet Theater. – Childhood 101
24. Craft Stick Puppet Theater
Craft Stick Puppet Theater is so easy to make! – Crafts by Amanda
25. Medieval Puppet Theater
If you love knights and princesses than this Medieval Puppet Theater is for you.- Fave Crafts
Still want to see more Puppet Ideas?
26. Even More Puppet Ideas
I’ve collected ANOTHER 26 puppet ideas, all different from the ones above. So be sure to click over for 26 MORE kid’s puppets!
More Puppet Crafts From Kids Activities Blog:
- Check out this no-sew silly shark sock puppet craft!
- Love these DIY finger puppets!
- How cute is this groundhog puppet?
- Spooky Halloween shadow puppets are perfect!
- Aww, these felt heart puppets are so sweet!
- These Charmander puppets are on fire!
- Look up to the sky with these Light Fury puppets!
- I love these animal shadow puppets.
- How radical are these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stick puppets?
- Sweet! A Dory foam puppet!
- Banana!!!! Is what you’ll be shouting with these Minion finger puppets!
- Oooooooh, these five little ghost finger puppets are boo-tacular!
- Look how cute these adorable puppets for kids are!
- Check out these silly paper bag puppets!