Blue crab puppet made of paper and collage materials on white background. It's claws and body have straws attached for moving the limbs in a shadow puppet style

Create an ocean creature puppet

Create your own ocean creature that can move, swim, act and even dance… if you wanted it to. This page will show you how to make a puppet for all your underwater plays.

Watch our Young Zoologists Puppet show for ideas:

You will need:

Image of materials needed for puppet craft
  • Card or thick paper: an empty cereal box is great for this
  • Pencil
  • Colourful pencils or crayons
  • Collage materials and glue: colourful scraps of paper, tissue or card (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Split-pins
  • Paper straws or wooden sticks
  • Sticky-tape

If you have a printer, print and use our activity sheet to make your crafting easier:

  1. Decide on the ocean creature you would like to create.

  1. Ask yourself: does the creature have any moving arms, legs, fins, tentacles, tails or other parts?
  2. Draw an outline of your creature on a piece of card, but not the moving parts! Here we have drawn the fish’s body and head but not fins.
Blue crab puppet made of paper and collage materials on white background. It's claws and body have straws attached for moving the limbs in a shadow puppet style
  1. Now on a separate piece of card, draw the moving parts.
  2. Decorate the body parts using your crayons, pencils and collage materials if you have them.

  1. Cut all of your creature’s body parts out.
  2. Attach the body parts to the main body using split-pins.
Illustrated instructions for puppet craft. No additional information

Top tip: use a sharp pencil to create a hole for your split-pins by placing Tac or Plasticine underneath and pushing the pencil through.

  1. Now use sticky-tape to attach your straws or sticks to the main body, and to the moving parts of your creature. This is so that you can move and control it.
  2. Create a puppet show!

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