Children learn best through play and enjoy making their own toys, like these adorable spring finger puppets! Paper finger puppets like this cute bunny, chick, sun, tulip and lamb will encourage your children's creative storytelling skills and extend their pretend play time. In fact, you may recognize the chick from Melanie's Easter coloring page!
As with our Halloween finger puppets, this darling coloring page craft was designed by children's book illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg. It is perfect for Easter, or any other springtime event.
How to Make Spring Finger Puppets
Making these spring finger puppets using Melanie's sweet coloring page is an easy and relaxing way to keep your kids busy while exercising their creative muscles. You likely have all the materials at home already. Follow our simple instructions and your kids will be entertaining you with spring-themed stories in no time.
What you need:
The printable coloring page. Download and print here (By clicking on the following you agree to our terms of service* see below) --> Spring animal and nature puppets
Paper. Regular office paper is fine, or you can use card stock for sturdier finger puppet.
Coloring pencils, crayons or markers
Tape or glue stick
Children can decorate the coloring page any way they like. Don't give them guidance as to what colors they "should" use, or tell them to stay in the lines. None of that creative-smashing nonsense, please! If they want to tun their bunny finger puppet plaid, or give the sun finger puppet spots, why not? It's no skin off your nose, right?
Next, depending on their age and skill with scissors, your child or you will cut out the paper puppets. No need to stay close to the edge at all. Just like with the coloring, give your child the freedom to practice their scissor skills. Some children, however have lower tolerance for "mistakes" than others, but a little encouragement sometimes does the trick.
Wrap the puppet tabs around the child's finger to get the size just right. An adult or other friend can hold the tabs in place and securely tape them together.
Make as many finger puppets as you like - one for each finger, even!
How to Use Spring Finger Puppets
Include this printable finger puppet coloring page as part of your eco friendly Easter plans. If you put Easter baskets together for your kids, slip a sheet between a couple of chocolate bunnies! You could even include a new package of colored pencils. Or, have the coloring pages available at an Easter egg hunt as a side activity.
Your children will no doubt want to put on a small puppet show after they make their cute characters and they can do so with the help of this diy table top theater.
More Spring Coloring Pages:
Add these other spring-themed coloring pages to your child's Easter basket, or print them out for any time of year, whether you are excited that it's spring, or simply trying to break out of the winter doldrums.
- Gardening coloring page
- Butterfly fairy coloring page
- Rainbow coloring page
- Spring coloring page and rhyming activity
Meet the Illustrator
Melanie Hope Greenberg is an award winning author and illustrator of more than 15 children’s books. Her cheerful book, Mermaids on Parade, which depicts the iconic Coney Island celebratory Mermaid Parade, was selected as a Bank Street Best Book, and for the Texas Reading Club and PBS Kids Summer Reading Lists.
Melanie loves to teach about the art of children's books in the classroom and does wonderful school and library visits where she shares with children the process of writing and illustrating children's books.
Her classic book, Aunt Lilly's Laundromat, has recently been re-published in paperback. The book takes place in Melanie's neighborhood laundromat on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights.
“Succeeds as a celebration of fond memory and honest labor.” –Publisher’s Weekly.
Looking for a classic children's book? Melanie signs all copies of her books purchased through her Amazon vendor link.
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