Looking for a fun craft to go along with a groundhog unit for preschoolers and/or kindergartners? Make an adorable paper bag groundhog puppet that pops up and down! *This post was originally published on 02/02/13 and updated on 1/27/18.
How to Make a Pop Up Paper Bag Groundhog Puppet
My son made this peeking groundhog craft in his preschool class. Here’s how you can make your own:
- paper bag
- wood craft stick
- brown and white construction paper
- paint and paintbrushes
- black marker
- googly eyes
Cut a groundhog from brown construction paper.
Create the face: draw on a nose and mouth. Glue on googly eyes and teeth (white paper).
Turn it into a puppet by taping or gluing a wood craft stick to the backside.
Cut slits about 2 inches long along the top edges of a brown paper bag. This is great for preschoolers who are learning how to use scissors. Bend the slit outward.
Paint the the bent parts with green paint. This creates grass, or you could do white to represent snow.
At the very bottom of the bag, cut a small slit in the center. Poke the paper groundhog puppet through the slit. Now he’s ready to play peek-a-boo!!!
Each kid in my son’s class predicted whether or not the groundhog would see his shadow. My little guy predicted no. The teacher made a chart with all the kids predictions. She placed them on a bulletin board to compare with all the other preschool classes.
For another fun craft like this peeking paper bag groundhog puppet, check out our adorable handprint groundhog.
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