Get together with the kids to make this adorable Paper Bag Beaver Puppet Craft that’s perfect for International Beaver Day on the 7th of April!
Can you name any famous rats in popular culture? The little guy from Ratatouille comes to mind right away! You’ll be able to think of famous squirrels too, as well as chipmunks, and of course, we all know at least one super-duper famous mouse!
So why am I talking about all these rodents? It’s because we feel that there’s a certain someone who doesn’t get his share of the limelight – yes, we’re talking about beavers!
Canada‘s national animal is of course, adorable, but it is also an amazing creature. They’re really smart and quite skilled too – in fact, they’re known as ‘ecosystem engineers’ because they can build pretty intricate structures despite their small size!
Since it’s International Beaver Day on the 7th of April, we think it’s a good time to put the spotlight on these little guys, and maybe learn a little more about how cool they are with their building skills and how they utilize them for helping the environment.
We’ve got a fun craft for you today, that’ll be a great project for your beaver lesson, as well as a cute addition to your DIY puppet collection!
Adorable Paper Bag Beaver Puppet Craft for Kids
- Paper bag
- Colored craft paper
How to make the Paper Bag Beaver Puppet Craft:
1. Download and print the paper bag beaver puppet craft template. The template includes the beaver’s head, belly, tail, inner ears, nose, eyes, tooth, cheeks, and legs.
2. Trace the parts of the paper bag beaver puppet template on craft papers of the appropriate colors and cut out the pieces. We’ve used shades of brown for the head, belly, tail, and feet, pink for the inner ears and cheeks as well as black for the nose.
Keep a rectangle of brown paper for the body base.
3. Stick the beaver’s tummy in the middle of the body base and stick the feet at the bottom. Glue the ears in the right position.
4. Assemble the rest of the face by sticking the eyes and nose in the appropriate positions.
5. Finish off the face by drawing a mouth and sticking on the tooth. Make the beaver smile!
6. Coming back to the body. Draw criss-cross lines on the beaver’s tail with a black marker. Did you know that a beaver’s tail has many functions? It stores fat for the winter, warns other beavers by slapping on the water, and also anchors the beaver when he’s working.
7. Attach the tail to the body by gluing on the back so the tail looks like it’s popping out the back.
8. Your paper bag beaver puppet is nearing completion! Take the paper bag and place it in the manner shown below.
9. Stick the beaver’s body on the paper bag as shown, so that it lies below the folded flap.
10. Now stick the beaver’s face on the folded flap and that’s it – your paper bag beaver puppet is ready!
Isn’t this beaver paper bag puppet simply adorable? To play, place your hand inside the paper bag and use your fingers inside the flap to make the beaver move his head. It’s amazing how you can make puppets out of anything, like Popsicle sticks, socks, and plain paper!
If you enjoyed this paper bag beaver puppet craft, you may also enjoy our beaver paper crown and our B for Beaver recycled CD craft. If you still want more, check out our list of 10 super cute beaver crafts for kids.
Let’s share these crafts with our friends too, so the little beaver gets all the attention he deserves!