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Catherine Romano blogs about crafty projects for kids and parents

Now that we can finally embrace some spring-time fun in Toronto (thanks to a lovely warm weather weekend), our family has begun to plan a few outdoor activities. The first thing on the list is a day trip to the Toronto Zoo. My son is super excited to see “real life” animals – being a city kid he is only used to seeing a few birds, bugs, and little dogs.

In anticipation of our visit to the zoo, I thought it would be fun to make paper bag animal puppets. For inspiration, my son chose his three favourite animals from one of his colouring books (which also gave me a visual to work with), and then we gathered up our materials.


  • Paper bags (I found these colourful paper bags at the dollar store for only $1.00/5 bags)
  • Foam pieces (construction paper can also work well, but the foam is more three-dimensional)
  • White Glue
  • Scissors

1. Choose your animals
2. Do a quick image search of your animals so you have a visual guideline. Think about key visual characteristics of each animal and exaggerate the trait.  For example, the frog puppet has big eyes; the bunny puppet has big, pink ears; the chick puppet has bright, feathery wings.
3. Create the puppets with your materials.
4. Perform a puppet show!

Catherine Romano moved back to Toronto from New York City. Since making her dreams come true in the Big Apple, completing graduate school and working in arts management at New York City Ballet, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom to her young son. Now, back in Toronto, she embarks on an exciting adventure with her new love and lively, 2-year-old son. For more art, design and culture for kids and parents, check out Catherine’s blog, sweet spectacle and follow her on Twitter @catromano

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