How to Make Stick Puppets (a Dinosaur Egg Craft)

How to Make Stick Puppets (a Dinosaur Egg Craft)
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Today you’re going to learn a really easy kids’ activity that’s a double whammy: it’s a craft that doubles as a homemade toy.

When my kids were younger, they were constantly putting on shows and making videos. (Mostly it was just my girls, but sometimes they would get their little brother involved too.)

Many of the videos starred their American Girl dolls, some (like “Stuffed Annie Jr.”) involved stuffed animals … and of course several involved puppets.

However, these puppets don’t need to be used for something so elaborate as a scripted production. They can also simply be used for pretend play.

If your kids are into unicorns, you could use the same process using these free unicorn templates.

We used wood skewers for our sticks, but I don’t see why you couldn’t use craft popsicle sticks (which I’m guessing are more likely to be laying around your house somewhere).

Obviously, you’ll have a thicker, more noticeable stick with the popsicle sticks, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. One plus is that you can also design your stick, if you want. Your kids might enjoy labeling each stick with the dinosaur’s name.

 

Stick Puppet Supplies

  • Dinosaur & Egg Templates (see below)
  • Craft Felt
  • Wood Skewers (or popsicle sticks)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Googly Eyes (optional, but fun!)

Supplies for dinosaur and egg stick puppets

 

Stick Puppet Instructions

  1. Download and print this dinosaur and egg template. (You can also click on the image below to download it.
  2. Image of dinosaur and egg template

     

  3. Trace printed templates onto felt and cut out two of each shape.
  4. Cut out felt pieces of dinosaurs and eggs

     

  5. Cut out and glue spots on the egg.
  6. Glue spots on dinosaur egg

     

  7. Glue the pointed end of the skewer on the back of a shape.
  8. Glue skewer on back of egg

     

  9. Add more hot glue around the perimeter.
  10. Add hot glue around perimeter

     

  11. Place the matching felt piece on top.
  12. Felt on both sides of felt egg with stick in the middle

     

  13. Continue this same process with the other pieces.

    Gluing skewer to back of dinosaur

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  15. Add googly eyes if desired.
  16. All 3 dinosaur puppets

 

Consider putting some marbles or glass beads into a Mason jar, like we did.

Not only is this a cute way to store the puppets, but it makes the perfect centerpiece for a dinosaur-themed party.

Finished dinosaur puppets 4

 

 

All 3 dinosaur puppets

Dinosaur Stick Puppets

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Materials

  • Dinosaur & egg templates (see post)
  • Craft felt
  • Wood skewers
  • Googly eyes (optional)

Tools

  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks

Instructions

  1. Download and print the templates.
  2. Trace printed templates onto felt and cut out two of each shape.
  3. Glue felt spots on the egg.
  4. Glue the pointed end of the skewer onto the back of a shape.
  5. Add more hot glue around the perimeter.
  6. Place the matching felt piece on top so the stick is in-between two pieces of felt.
  7. Repeat for same process for the remaining shapes.
  8. Add googly eyes if desired.

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