Paper Plate Panda Puppets

by Amy on September 14, 2009

The girls have been learning about pandas as part of our animal studies.  We do a lot of open-ended art exploration, but they also love doing craft projects.  I promised I would add a panda craft to our school work!  We made these cute (and simple!) panda puppets using paper plates and construction paper.


The girls were able to easily draw and cut ovals for the black eye patches and “D” shapes for the ears and noses.  To make the pandas into puppets, we added a simple pocket to the back with another half of a paper plate.


When our pandas were done, I left a stack of blank paper plates (with pockets already attached) on the art table.  I’m sure I’ll be seeing a whole variety of animal puppets popping up this week!


Happy Creating!


maryanne September 14, 2009 at 5:11 am

very cute!

Chatty Gal September 14, 2009 at 10:51 am

I really like how you made these into puppets with the pocket on the back. I had never seen this before. I am totally going to make these with my little ones.

Jennifer September 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for posting this! My p-schooler is working on the letter P and this will be a great craft for her tomorrow!

Melissa September 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Love this!

Kristin September 15, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I love this idea! My daughter is really into pandas right now (Thank you Kung-Fu-Panda!) and I know she would love this craft :)

Trish September 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

These are just adorable, and I love how easily you turned them into puppets.

One Crafty Mumma September 17, 2009 at 8:11 pm

The panda bears look so good, my girl is really into pandas right now, she would love to see these.
Always a pleasure visiting your blog – Bella was using the sweet gratitude wrap that you made her just the other day to write to a penpal.

Megan at Simple Kids September 18, 2009 at 7:34 am

I LOVE THIS! Both of my girls are huge panda fans. This is a great and easy rainy day project (it’s been raining all week. bleh!) for us. Thank you!

Ritho April 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I love it. It is so cute panda. Thanx for ur idea :P

dd May 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

This is such a cute idea and inexpensive too.

If you put the half plate on the back at the bottom (instead of the top) you can actually put some little treats in them for birthday party.

Thinking about using this for elementary treat panda for school.

sherry April 13, 2011 at 7:47 am

With Earth Day fast approaching, we thought this was a great craft to share on our site, so we did!

all the best,
Sherry + Wendy @ Kiboomu

Cindy deRosier June 3, 2011 at 5:54 am

Adorable! Thanks for a cute idea.

julie September 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

We were looking to add more inspiration to our paperplate craft page and found our FAVORITE animal- PANDA! Rather than reinvent the wheel we have added your site to ours. Hoping you will be inspired and do the same in return.

Madame Colonelle May 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

truly creative and amazing!

Cindy deRosier February 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I loved these and commented on them almost three years ago. Now I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I have featured them on our site. :) You can see them here:

Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

Amy February 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Thanks for the feature, Cindy! Can’t believe how little my girls were then… time flies! :)

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