Kids can transform painted cardboard tubes into dragon and princess puppets using a hole punch, yarn, and sticks from the yard.
Kids can craft this dragon puppet from recycled cardboard paper towel and toilet paper tubes.
Sock Creature Puppets
Give single socks new life by crafting them into a wacky family. Stuff each with batting; then glue on facial features and accessories.
Stuff stray socks with cotton batting to turn them into a family of playful puppets.
Finger Dancer Puppets
Rescue a cardboard ring box from your drawer; then make this adorable puppet using the stuffing from inside!
Kids can quickly transform a cardboard ring box into a finger dancing puppet.
Early Bird Puppet
A boring brown lunch bag goes from drab to fab when kids decorate it with wrapping-paper scraps, ribbon, and tissue paper.
Decorate a brown paper bag with gift wrap scraps to make this adorable bird puppet.
Pop-Up Animal Puppets
Cover a soup can in felt to make a hideout for these furry animals. Kids can move the dowels to make them go up and down all day long.
Start with a soup can, then add felt and fabric to make this beary cute pop-up puppet.
Snack Pack Puppets
Attach fresh fruits and veggies together with halved and whole toothpicks to create Granny Apple, Pierre the Pear, and Orange Gino. Use a butter knife to make small slits and then push in dried black-eyed peas for eyes. Finish these food puppets off by inserting a chopstick handle for your kid to hold onto.
How to Make Snack Puppets
Attach fruits and veggies together with toothpicks to make these edible food puppets.
Pantry People Puppets
Dress up wooden spoons with fun and unexpected items from your kitchen cabinets! Cupcake liners, patterned paper napkins, wax paper, bow-tie pasta, and sponges all make beautiful garments, while classic office dot stickers can be cut into eyes, brows, mouths, and mustaches.
This kitchy crew of spoon puppets is made using things from your pantry.
Originally published in the November 2012 issue of Parents magazine.