We just can’t get enough of printable puppets – fun to make and fun to play with, and with the holidays fast approaching, we share with you the easiest printable reindeer paper puppet template.
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Now, if those puppets aren’t your thing and you want something that requires even less folding, but will keep the kids entertained, print out this set of printable Christmas puppets. Believe me, I received a ton of emails and photos of these little guys and how much fun they had with them.
But back to the handy red-nosed reindeer (well, you could also do a brown-nosed one).
This one is based on the classic paper puppet design most of you are probably familiar with, but I thought it would also be useful as a printable template. Especially for a Christmas party at home or as an activity to do in class during the holidays.
Making Christmas crafts with your kids is one of the best ways to create memories if you ask me (well, if your kid likes to be crafty or artsy) and I really hope this puppet makes a great invitation to a creative session…E even an inspiration to make a bunch of other festive characters.
They’re also great to use as favors at your Christmas party, especially if you have a lot of young children who need some entertainment.
Ready to make them? Print our template and let the reindeer have fun.
How to make a printable reindeer paper puppet
What do you need
- our reindeer paper puppet printable template which you can get at the end of this tutorial
- print paper: I recommend heavier print paper, regular print paper works too
- coloring supplies: everything from crayons to markers
Watch the video tutorial
Or follow these step-by-step instructions
Print our model (you will find it at the end of this tutorial).
I really recommend heavier print paper as it will make the reindeer paper puppets more durable and easier to “wear” but folding heavier print paper is a bit more difficult so may not be the best for toddlers (preschoolers will do this). have problems).
Color the model. All coloring parts are large enough for little hands to manipulate and can be colored with any medium.
You can even make your reindeer puppet even more festive by adding sparkly details to the nose. I recommend glitter glue, because we all know that regular glitter is not for the faint of heart, especially if the bottle falls on the floor :).
Once you’ve colored all the template pieces, take the one with the reindeer’s body and fold it along the dotted lines. Fold the pleats. Deploy.
With the side with the print facing the desktop, fold it into thirds (lengthwise): apply glue to the third marked with the word glue, and press the “opposite” third on top. Let the glue set.
Now fold the puppet into an “M” shape. You can now use your puppet as it is, just stick your fingers into the slots.
Time to decorate your printable reindeer paper puppet
Cut out the body parts, the ears, the antlers and if you wish also the legs with the hooves.
Bend the antlers along the dotted lines, apply glue and stick to the head.
Apply glue to the tips of the ears and glue them under the head.
If you think your reindeer paper puppet needs a pair of legs as well, place them where you think they would look good.
Finish! It’s time to put on a fun Christmas-themed puppet show for your family to enjoy. Who knows, maybe these pieces will become your family’s Christmas tradition.
Grab your reindeer puppet printable template here
Click here to get it – Reindeer Paper Puppet
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