Puppy Dog Paper Bag Puppets

Getting started: I like to begin the cute puppy dog paper bag puppet art project by reading to my students the book: Dog Heaven by, Cynthia Rylant.

Art techniques: Drawing
Grades: Kg-3
Ages: 4-8

About this project: To familiarize the instructor with puppet making, you might want to look through the book Puppets and Masks by Nan Rump. Students will be delighted with the results of these cute puppy dogs. Have fun!

Materials needed:
  • White drawing paper (25cm x 35cm)
  • a selection of colored construction paper
  • scissors
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Oil pastels
  • Brown lunch bags
  • White plastic glue

Part 1
  1. Show how to draw a puppy dog face on white or colored paper.
  2. Show how to draw the eyes, the nose, the ears, the cheeks and the tongue.
  3. Cut out the head of the puppy dog.
  4. Demonstrate blending oil pastels, and repeat colors throughout the composition.
  5. Draw paws, a tail, and the tummy of the puppy dog. Color and cut out.
Part 2
  1. Put hand in brown paper bag so that can open and close the bottom.
  2. Glue head on to the bottom of bag. Glue the tummy under the head.
  3. Add paws and tail.
  4. With especially fast workers, I have them color in the back of the puppy dog while other art students finish up.
Save this in a notebook of drawing lesson plans for children. That's what I do. You now know how to make more kids art activities without paint.

Art Therapy Ideas: Most elementary art projects are a great way to start an art therapy session. The puppy dog paper bag puppet is a great way to stimulate a child's imagination. Go over some of the character traits of a puppy or dog. Have your young client speak in first person, and be the dog. Where would he/she like to go for a walk? Who would he or she want to pet him or her and take care of him or her? What kind of trouble might he/she get into?sneak around when everyone's out of the house or classroom? It would be helpful if the therapist had another animal puppet and used it to create a dialogue. When you have the art piece speak, it's a gestalt art experience. To get more information on this topic, you can to refer to the book by Janie Rhyne called The Gestalt Art Experience: Patterns That Connect.