When my kids were small, they all loved the petting zoo. Between watching the chickens run around, petting the goats and baby lambs, and seeing the pigs root in the mud, there was so much for the kids to see!
Our youngest child still loves the petting zoo and she’s not alone! Kids just love farm animals, which is why farms are such a popular topic for early childhood education units.
This year, our youngest child is working on reading more picture books and we started with the book Big Red Barn. To help her with learning to recite stories, I made up some printable farm paper bag puppets so she could reenact parts of the story. And I’m sharing them with all of you today!
Read on to see how you can get these cute puppet printables free!
Printable Farm Paper Bag Puppets
To make these farm paper bag puppets, you’ll need the following: (Affiliate links are provided here for convenience. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)
- Printer (with ink)
- Printer paper
- Brown paper lunch bags (One per puppet)
- Child-safe scissors
- Liquid glue
- A copy of our free Farm Paper Bag Puppet printables (Details below)
- Pick up a copy of Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown to make this a storytime activity!
First, you’ll need to print the paper bag puppet faces out.
Give the kids some crayons and let them color them in! We did traditional farm animal colors, but let the kids use whatever colors they want! If they want to make a purple cow, so be it. 🙂
After you color in the puppet faces, use a pair of child-safe scissors to cut them out as one piece each.
Flip a paper bag upside down so that the bottom is at the top. Leave it folded. Then spread liquid glue over the folded bottom. That’s where you’ll paste the puppet face.
Stick the puppet face on the bag bottom and hold it down to glue it securely.
Cut another piece of printer paper in half and color it to match the puppet face. Then glue it onto the paper bag body directly under the puppet face. Be sure to flip the bottom up so that you can fit the paper onto the bag.
When you’re done, the puppet should look like this.
Repeat the process with the other puppet printables to make a cow puppet, a chicken puppet, and a pig puppet. Since we were reading Big Red Barn, we wanted to make one of each.
But you could also print three pig puppets to go along with The Three Little Pigs or print several cow puppets to go with Click, Clack, Moo. There are plenty of great children’s books about farms to use these with!
To make your puppets “talk”, just have the kids put their hands inside the bags and place their fingers into the folded bag bottom (the same place where the face is). They can move their fingers up and down to make each puppet speak!
Using lunch bags is the easiest way to make sure that the bags will fit your little ones’ hands. But if you want to make adult puppets, you might want to get bags that a little bit bigger.
“Oh, Mr. Pig, you’re so funny!”
These were so much fun for storytelling! And they’re great for pretend play too!
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Have even more farm fun with the kids!
See even more ideas for early learners on my Learning for Little Ones Pinterest board!
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