Kids are natural storytellers and these printable puppets are an excellent tool to spark their imaginations. Teachers and librarians can use these stick paper puppets and finger puppets at preschool circle time or library story time to encourage participation and enhance learning.
All of our paper puppets are designed by Melanie Hope Greenberg, and are one hundred percent free to print out. The best part is that because they double as coloring pages, they are twice as much fun as regular printable puppets!
The stick and finger puppets below are organized by season so it will be easy to find exactly what you need for your next storytelling session!
Spring Printable Puppets
Use these stick puppets and finger puppets to celebrate the joys of getting outside in spring and watching nature transform the landscape from cold and barren to green and lush!
Spring Finger Puppets
Never discourage kids from experimenting with whatever colors they want. It’s okay to have blue lambs and orange chicks. These spring finger puppets feature a happy sun, lamb, rabbit in a basket, potted flower, and a chick and egg.
Get the puppets and print them out here –> Spring Finger Puppets
Spring Flowers Stick Puppets
My kids and I invented a silly little rhyme to go with these stick puppets! After kids color the illustration, cut out the flower pots and glue them to popsicle sticks. Then, during story time, kids can wave them around while reciting the rhyme. Or, use them in conjunction with reading a book, like one of these picture books to inspire a love of nature.
Get the puppets and print them out here –> Spring flowers coloring page
Garden Markers Stick Puppets
To encourage a love of growing vegetables and flowers, this printable coloring page with garden marker stick puppets encourages kids to think about what they would like to plant. Cut out the garden markers and glue them to sticks. Children can use them to either tell a story or poke into pots they’ve planted with seeds.
Get the puppets and print them out here –> Garden coloring page
Summer Printable Puppets
Lazy, summer days will be filled with imaginative storytelling and these printable summer-themed puppets!
Fish Stick Puppets
Use the main coloring page as a backdrop (we glued it to a piece of folded cardboard) and then turn the fish into stick puppets!
Get the puppets and print them out here –> Ocean coloring page
This coloring page was designed as paper dolls to go with Greenberg’s book, Mermaids on Parade, but can easily be turned into puppets. After coloring and cutting out the mermaids and their accoutrement, paste the mermaids to long craft sticks. Kids can even use the mermaids in conjunction with the ocean coloring page background (see above).
Get the mermaids and print them out here –> Mermaid paper dolls/puppets
Pirate Ship Stick Puppets
Ahoy, matey! Print out and color these pirate mice ships, glue to popsicle sticks and then sail the seas!
Get the pirate ships and print them out here –> Pirate ship coloring page and puppets
Bookmobile Stick Puppets
Sure, your transportation obsessed child is into trains, diggers and trucks, but why not add in some vintage bookmobiles to their pretend play! Seriously, there’s no better summer activity than chasing the bookmobile down the street to check out those books for summer reading! Am I right?
Get the bookmobiles and print them out here –> Bookmobile template and stick puppets
Fall Paper Puppets
Apple Paper Puppets
This adorable apple tree (which magically produces apple cider, as well) comes with five apples to turn into stick puppets. Not only that, we created a “5 little apples” rhyme to go with it, perfect for preschool circle time!
Get the puppets and print them out here –> Apples coloring page
Halloween Finger Puppets
Slip Frankenstein’s monster, a haunted house, a scary ghost, bat and happy candy corn on your digits and start telling some spooky stories!
Get the puppets and print them out here –> Halloween finger puppets
Leaf Stick Puppets
This fun fall themed coloring page features 5 little leaves to turn into stick puppets. Use our “5 little leaves” rhyme to put some autumnal fun into your library story time!
Get the puppets and print them out here –> 5 Little Leaves coloring page
Winter Paper Puppets
When the kids are stuck indoors, what’s better than good old fashioned story time? Why, story time with stick puppets, of course! Here are some fun printable puppets, perfect for the chilly winter holiday months.
Snowflake Stick Puppets
Our cute sledding coloring page comes with 5 little snowflakes to dance about the scene. After coloring the sledding adventure, affix it to a piece of cardboard (see, for example, the ocean coloring page, above) for a theatrical backdrop. This time, you’ll have to invent your own “5 little snowflakes” rhyme, though. But that will simply increase the literacy fun!
Get the snowflake coloring page and print it out here –> Snow time coloring page
Heart Animal Stick Puppets
This heart animals coloring page is specially designed so that kids build their own heart creatures! In addition, to the heart shaped fish, owl, cat and pig, cut out the individual hearts and glue together to make your own silly creatures.
Get the printable stick puppets here –> Heart Animals
Want more? See all Melanie Hope Greenberg’s coloring pages right here!