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Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet

Puppet Crafts for Kids are not only fun to create, but children can also learn many skills and concepts. This Pumpkin Paper Bag Craft is a simple social-emotional activity for preschoolers to help them identify different emotions using a character in a book. 


Puppet Craft for Kids

Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet:

Not only is this craft a creative way for your kids to learn about emotions, but they will also develop their hand and eye coordination, muscle strength, and other important developmental skills as they create their puppet.


Creating crafts like this one can be a great way for young learners  to work on their listening comprehension and following multi-step directions.


Book Activity


Why Do We Need To Teach Kids About Emotions?

Teaching children about emotions is important because how they feel inside influences what they think and what they do.


Young children may not realize what they are experiencing or feeling. It is important for them to learn how to identify different emotions so they can understand how they are being affected. 


Getting Ready To Make A Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet:

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What’s Included:

  • Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet Templates


What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper Bag


Book-Inspired Activty


To get this puppet craft ready for your kids to create, click on the button below and fill out the form.


Then, download and print either the color or black and white templates. I like to print my resources on white card stock because it is durable, but you can use copy paper too.


How To Make The A Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet:

After reading The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano, you can show your kids the different pumpkins and talk about how they think each pumpkin feels based on their expressions. 


You can also refer back to the story and ask your kids about the different ways that Spookley felt throughout the book.


For example, how did the square pumpkin feel when the other pumpkins made fun of his shape? Or, how did Spookley feel after he saved the other pumpkins?


Social Emotional Activity


After your kids pick which pumpkin they want to use for their puppet, they will color it if you are using the black and white templates.


Then, they will cut their pumpkins and the “My pumpkin feels _____” or “I feel _____” card out.


Paper Bag Puppet


Next, your children will glue their pumpkins and the card to a paper bag. They may want to cut the paper bag and make it a little smaller so their hand easily fits inside. 


Puppet Crafts for Kids


Finally, your kids will write how their pumpkin feels based on its expression. They can also write how they feel using the other card. 


Book-Inspired Craft for Kids


This Pumpkin Paper Bag Craft is a simple social-emotional activity for preschoolers to help them identify different emotions using a character in a book. 



Pin It For Later:

Do you want to save this book-inspired craft for later? Pin this to your crafts for kids board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!


Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet


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Michelle High Hawk

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Love your pumpkin puppet!

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