Paper bag puppets are such a fun craft. They’re simple and inexpensive to put together, but still make a great functioning puppet.
And, as I’ve mentioned before, my boys love dragons. I put together a dragon paper bag puppet template for them. This was a nice, easy craft that only took about 10 minutes to do.
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- Tissue paper (red, orange, or yellow) – If you’re looking for a place to buy this in bulk to do this craft in your classroom or library, you can get a large pack of orange tissue paper here.
- Printable dragon template – This can be printed on regular paper or cardstock, but the cardstock definitely holds up better. We use this cardstock here.
You can watch this video to see how to put him together, or just follow along with the pictures and instructions below.
Print out the dragon and color.
Cut out the dragon head, wings, and tail. Glue the head onto the paper bag flap.
Flip the bag over.
Glue on the wings.
Glue the tail on to the inner front part of the bag so it is facing outward, like below:
Cut out a square of tissue paper. I used yellow because it’s what I had on hand. But it would also look neat with some red and orange mixed in.
Attach it under the flap of the bag.
And here we go! An awesome fire-breathing dragon. As was to be expected, as soon as we finished making these, the boys chased each other around with their puppets, roaring at one another. It was pretty hilarious.
P.S. Looking for more simple, printable crafts for kids? Check out my craft pack. It’s full of 25+ print-n-go crafts and activities: