July cannot come soon enough for my kids this summer because seeing the new Minions movie is on the top of their summer bucket list. The last time we were this excited about a movie, we made a paper bag puppet of our favorite character and my daughter had so much fun with it. While we wait patiently the next few weeks for the Minions movie to be released, we decided to make some simple DIY Minion Puppets for Kids. They have been a huge hit and have supplied hours of fun pretend play for my preschooler!
HOW TO MAKE DIY MINION PUPPETS
Supplies you will need:
- standard #10 size envelopes
- yellow and purple paint
- black, gray and white cardstock paper
- black marker
- purple tissue paper (optional)
- glue stick
1. Start by sealing your envelope shut and cutting it in half. Each envelope will make two puppets. Paint the front of your envelope halves either yellow or purple and set them aside to dry completely.
2. Cut out the pieces you will need for the Minion faces. We cut out a black strip for the Minion glasses and gray and white circles for the glasses and eyes (make sure to make the gray circles a bit bigger than the white). I found that a small plastic medicine cup (like for liquid Motrin) was the perfect size for the circles. We used the larger side for the gray circles and the smaller side for the white circles.
3. Once your envelope halves have dried, glue your black strip on for the glasses frames, then glue the gray circles (one or two) onto the black strip. Lastly, glue the white circles inside the gray circles for the eyes.
4. Finish your puppets by adding any details you desire. You can use your black marker to add all the details like pupils, a mouth and hair, or you can add some additional cardstock pieces. For instance, we used black cardstock for some hair and mouth on one of our yellow minions. For our purple minion, I cut out a mouth and teeth from cardstock and I also made slits in a piece of purple tissue paper for the hair and glued it to the back of the envelope.
Now kids can slip their hand into the envelope to try out their puppet and have some fun Minion pretend play. I’ve heard my daughter recite all of her favorite Minions sayings like “Bido Bido” more times than I can count the last few days with her little puppets on her hands.
It’s been the perfect craft to contain our excitement for the new Minions movie. If your kids are like the movie Big Hero 6, then they may enjoy our Baymax puppets!