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These simple puppets are made from styrofoam trays and drinking straws. You can make animals, fruit, teeth, characters from stories, shapes, vehicles, and just about anything else.


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Go to a dog template

Go to a rabbit template

Go to a star template

Go to a butterfly template


Go to a fish template

Go to a snowman template

Go to a tooth template

Go to an apple template

Supplies needed:
  • Clean styrofoam trays - if you can find colored trays, they make great puppets.
  • Scissors
  • Drinking straws
  • Pens, gel pens, or markers
  • Tape
  • Optional - googly eyes and a glue stick
  • Optional - construction paper to make details, like a mouth, hat, etc.
  • Optional - yarn for whiskers or hair

Clean a styrofoam tray with warm water and detergent.

Using a pen, draw the outline of an animal (head or entire body), person, or something else on the tray. A simple circle or oval with ears will make most animal heads.


Go to a cat template
Cut out the animal. For templates, click on the pictures near the top of the page (or the cat to the left). There are templates of stars, a cat, a dog, an apple, a fish, a tooth, a snowman, a rabbit, and a butterfly.

For the puppet's details (like the nose, eyes, mouth, whiskers, or a hat), either draw them with a pen (or marker), or cut them out of construction paper and glue them on the puppet. To make hair or whiskers, you can glue on bits of yarn.

Optional: Glue on googly eyes using a glue stick.

Tape the back of your styrofoam animal to the end of a drinking straw.

You now have a great animal puppet that you can use to put on a play or use while reading your favorite story.

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