Small children are natural storytellers. Give a four-year-old a few puppets, and she will create an intricate plotline in minutes! I created these printable farm animal clothespin puppets so you make simple, and inexpensive, toys to fuel your little one’s imagination. My friends have also created several more printable crafts for kids that I will share at the end of the post.
PRINTABLE FARM ANIMAL CLOTHESPIN PUPPETS
HOW TO GET THE PRINTABLE
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You will find this printable in the KIDS section of the Freebie Gallery.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE PRINTABLE RAINBOW CORNER BOOKMARKS
Usually regular printer paper is fine for the printables I share here on the blog. For something like these bookmarks, I recommend using heavier-weight paper. Regular printer paper will work, but it will tear, bend, and crease very quickly as you use the bookmarks. I will recommend the paper I used below, but any paper over 40 lbs. should work well.
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HOW TO ASSEMBLE ANIMAL CLOTHESPIN PUPPETS
How to Make Clothespin Puppets
- Print the PDFs on heavy-weight paper. Cut around the animal shapes.
- Cut the head and body apart, removing the white space between them.
- Glue the head of the animal to the top half of the side of a clothespin. Glue the body to the bottom half. Let dry.
If the animal is facing to the left or right, be sure the handle of the clothespin is facing the opposite direction.
- Repeat for all of the animals.
HOW TO USE CLOTHESPIN PUPPETS
Clothespin puppets are super easy and fun to use! Pinching the clothespin open and closed will cause the puppet’s mouth to open and close. You can use these farm animal clothespin puppets to act out familiar stories and songs, or you can create your own!
I suggest storing the puppets in a small plastic tub to prevent the paper from ripping or bending.
MORE FREE PRINTABLE CRAFTS FOR KIDS
My creative friends have designed even more printable kids’ crafts this month. Visit each link below to see how to get them all for free!
- Ocean Sewing Cards & Playdough Mat – Hello Creative Family
- Finger Puppets – Crafting in the Rain
- Halloween Paper Dolls – Everyday Party Magazine
- Origami Animals – Kara Creates
- Farm Animal Clothespin Puppets – Mad in Crafts
- Paper Spinners – Artsy Fartsy Mama
- Halloween Dice Game – Tried & True
- Space Coloring Pages – Creatively Beth