Looking for a fun and creative activity for kids? These paper finger puppets are a perfect choice! They’re simple to make, require minimal supplies, and can be customized to spark endless imaginative play.

Easy DIY Paper Finger Puppets for Endless Imaginative Play

This is another one of those projects that I learned as a child and never forgot.  You can make them as elaborate as you want.  We have added yarn for hair, googly eyes, color paper, etc.  Teach this craft project to your kids and watch what their imaginations unfold!

In this post, you’ll learn how to make these adorable finger puppets with both written instructions and a video tutorial.

DIY Paper Finger Puppets

Finger Puppet Supplies

One piece of 8.5×11 paper

Markers, Crayons or Colored Pencils

Embellishments (yarn, google eyes, sparkles, etc) – OPTIONAL

Watch the video tutorial below, or if you prefer written instructions, continue reading!

Making finger puppets out of paper
Take your paper and fold it in half lengthwise, then unfold it to create a crease down the center.
DIY Kids Puppets
Fold the right side into the middle.
Folding Paper Finger Puppets
Fold the right side up again. And then one last time until the right side touches the left.
Paper Finger Puppet Tutorial
Fold the rectangle in half again
Finger Puppet Kids Craft
Easy Puppet Tutorial
Then fold each of the top and bottom flaps down to meet the center line, forming an “M” shape.
Paper Puppet

Bring your puppet to Life!

Now comes the fun part! Slide your index and middle finger into the top pocket, and your thumb into the bottom pocket. This is how your puppet will move its “mouth.”

DIY Paper Finger Puppets
Lastly, decorate your finger puppet! Use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to draw a face, hair, and other details. Get creative with yarn for hair, googly eyes, stickers, glitter, or any other embellishments you like!

Time for Puppet Shows

With your adorable paper finger puppets complete, it’s time to put on a show! Let your child’s imagination run wild as they create stories, sing songs, and bring their puppets to life.

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