Paper Bag Monkey Craft

Have a child who absolutely ADORES monkeys? This paper bag monkey craft is perfect for them! Toddlers, preschoolers, and even older kids will have a blast assembling and then playing with their paper bag puppet. We have included a free monkey template to make it super easy for you. Just follow the step-by-step directions below to make your own monkey puppet.

paper bag monkey craft

For even more monkey fun, check out this monkey mask craft, and this cardboard tube monkey.

monkey craft

What we love most about paper bag puppets is how much play you get out of them. Not only are paper bag crafts a ton of fun to do together, they make for great pretend play afterwards. This monkey craft is no different either - kids of all ages are sure to have lots of fun. 

Check out our other animal paper bag crafts:

The template used to make the monkey paper bag puppet also includes the pieces needed to make a zebra paper bag puppet

Scroll down below for step-by-step directions and get started making your own paper bag monkey craft.

monkey craft for kids

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Paper Bag Monkey Craft

Monkey craft supplies:

  • Monkey template (scroll down for link)
  • Coloured craft papers - brown, pink, and white
  • Paper bag
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black marker

How to make paper bag puppets

STEP 1: Gather your supplies

Before you get started, gather up all the supplies you need for your monkey craft. Make sure to scroll down below and get your monkey template too! Print it and cut it out so that it's in front of you.

monkey craft supplies

STEP 2: Prepare your paper bag

Start preparing your paper bag by cutting large rectangles out of brown paper the same size as your paper bag. Glue them on the side of your bag where the flap sticks out and then trim any excess edges off. 

paper bag puppet

STEP 3: Add the monkey's tail and stomach

Begin forming your monkey craft by tracing the tail onto brown paper and then cut it out. Glue it onto the back of your paper bag as shown in the image below.

how to make a paper bag puppet

Cut an oval shape from brown paper and glue to the middle of the bag to form the monkey's stomach.

how to make a paper bag puppet

STEP 4: Create the monkey face

Next, trace the mouth from the template onto brown paper and glue it near the top of the paper bag. Draw in the details with a black marker.

how to make a paper bag monkey puppet

Trace the ear shapes onto brown and pink paper, then cut them out. Glue the pink shapes onto the brown ones and then glue to the top of the paper bag.

how to make a paper bag monkey craft

Finish up your monkey craft by cutting out and gluing the eyes into place as shown below. You're now finished with your paper bag monkey craft and ready to play!

paper bag monkey puppet


To get this monkey craft for free click on the link below and use the discount code - puppet. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

monkey craft template

We hope you have lots of fun making and playing with your new paper bag monkey craft! Paper bag puppets are such a fun craft for kids. Toddlers, preschoolers, and older kids will enjoy playing pretend with their paper bag craft.

Paper bag monkey craft for kids. Monkey template included

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