Explore the world of make-believe with fun and easy-to-make stick puppets.


  • Heavy paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Googly craft eyes
  • Popsicle sticks, crafts sticks, or tongue depressors
  • Tape or glue (staplers work too)


Idea One

  1. Draw a face on the end of a craft stick or tongue depressor.
  2. Glue on a little yarn hair or googly eyes, and the puppet is ready to go
  3. Try gluing a paper costume to the sick.

Idea Two

  1. Draw a puppet shape as a person, animal, or object on the heavy paper. Color it in.
  2. Cut it out and tape or glue the puppet to a popsicle stick.
  3. Help the puppet dance, sing, or act.

More Ideas

Design the puppet in two layers, with a front and back. Draw and color the back of the puppet too.Glue the two pieces together with the stick in between.  Make all the characters from a favorite story or song. Construct a simple puppet stage from a cardboard box.

Making Make-Believe offers storybook play, games, cooking, mini-plays, dress-up costumes, puppet ideas, and more to enrich children's play. With over 125 activities and projects, this book is packed with ideas for hours of creative fun!