A simple-to-make paper plate butterfly puppet. Each butterfly is made from two paper plates taped together.
- Two paper plates
- Tape (colored tape looks really nice but is not necessary)
- Paint, markers or crayons
- Pipe cleaner
- Hole punch
- Optional – Googly eyes
- Optional – Glue
Fold a paper plate in half (fold it so that the back side of the plate is touching itself).
Using another paper plate, cut out a strip of the plate from the middle (discard the middle strip).
Tape each of the half-round pieces you just cut onto the folded plate (or you can staple them together). Position them so that the eating surfaces of the plates are facing each other, then tape along the round edges only.
This will form two pockets where you will later put your fingers and control the puppet.
Draw a butterfly on your puppet. Punch two holes towards the top for the antennae, and loop a pipe cleaner through the holes (to be the antennae).
You can also glue on googly eyes.
You now have a great butterfly puppet that flaps its wings (with a little help from your hand).