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.
Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet:
Creating crafts like this one can be a fun way for kids to develop their hand and eye coordination, muscle strength, and other important developmental skills. It’s also a great way for kids to work on their listening comprehension and following multi-step directions.
Why Are Fine Motor Skills Important?
From holding a pencil to turning the pages in a book, kids use their fine motor skills as they are learning to read and write.
The development of the small muscles in the hands and fingers in coordination with the eyes is important in not only children’s learning but also in their everyday life.
Getting Ready To Make A Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet:
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- Pumpkin Paper Bag Puppet Templates
What Else Is Needed:
- White Card Stock or Copy Paper
- Paper Bag
To get this puppet craft ready for your kids to create, click on the button below to download. Then, 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 pumpkin 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?
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.
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.
Finally, your kids will write how their pumpkin feels based on its expression. They can also write how they feel using the other card.
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!
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Click on the pencil below to download and print the pumpkin paper bag puppet templates!