This is an easy cut and paste paper craft for young kids to make. The project uses a paper bag as a base to make a walrus puppet.
- a paper lunch bag
- a printer,
- some crayons,
- paper for the printer
- big wiggly eyes
- grey paint and paintbrush
Print the Template:
- Print out the template you prefer to use (either color or black and white).
- Color (as required) and cut out the template pieces. You can look at photos of walruses to decide how you want to color yours!
Get Familiar with Your Paper Bag:
- I'm going to walk through this slowly. Look at your paper bag.
- It should be closed and flat like a piece of paper. Just like when they are brand new.
- On one side, it's all smooth. This will be the BACK of your puppet.
- It's important that all the kids get the back and front straight at the beginning!
- On the other side there's a flippy tab (which is typically the bottom of the bag when you're carrying your lunch around...)
- This flippy tab will be the HEAD.
- Lift the flippy tab up a bit. Underneath of the tab will be the mouth,
- When the child puts her hand in the bag, she'll be able to make the puppet talk.
- Look at the rest of the front of the bag. (The 3/4 or so of the bag below the part with the flippy tab) This will be the BODY.
- Look at the sides of the bag. There should be a FLAP of paper.
- We'll be slipping the flipper arms into this flap.
- If the kids goof and glue the arms onto the front or back of the bag, it isn't a big deal.
- OK, now that we're comfy with our bags, let's craft!
- Grey Walrus: Cover the paper bag with grey construction paper (just glue it on and trim) or paint the paper bag grey and let dry. You can also just leave your paper bag brown!
- Glue the eyes onto the HEAD. If you like, you can use wiggly eyes instead of the paper template pieces.
- Glue the eyebrows above the eyes.
- Glue the muzzle (mustache looking shape) onto the HEAD. It should overlap the body a bit.
- Glue the nose onto the HEAD. It should overlap the muzzle a bit.
- Glue the tongue underneath the flippy tab so you can see part of the circle sticking out from under the muzzle.
- Glue the tusks onto either side of the tongue, also underneath the flippy tab.
- Glue the flippers (arms) into the FLAP.
- Glue the flipper feet onto the bottom of the BODY.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).