Making puppets

Colouring in

This puppet making activity combines reading with playing and crafts. This video will show you how.


This activity gets your child to choose something they like, make it, then play with it. There are lots of make-believe games they can play with puppets, and they can make up stories about them too.

First, you’ll need:

  • A book your child likes
  • Paper and crayons
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Lollipop sticks or straws or an old spoon

Now it’s time to make your puppets!

Step 1: Ask your child to choose a character or object they like from a book.

Step 2: Get them to draw a picture of it, help them cut it out and stick it to the lollipop stick (or whatever you’re using as the stick for your puppet). Encourage them to decorate it however they want.

Step 3: Read the book aloud and encourage your child to use the puppet when the character or object appears.

Encourage your child to make up voices and actions of their puppets – it’s all an important part of imaginary play. Maybe the puppet does day-to-day activities just like them, like brushing their teeth or eating breakfast.

Good to know

Playing with puppets can help children work through and understand emotions.