This fun paper articulated reindeer puppet printable comes ready for you to colour or already coloured. It is fab fun to play with and perfect for having some fun over the festive season.
Our monkey puppet is a perennial favorite so this year we decided to make a reindeer one and yes, it has a red nose so it is Rudolf the Reindeer.
How to Make a Paper Articulated Reindeer Puppet Printable
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- Hole punch (UK Link/US Link)
- Monkey paper puppet template (print on cardstock or why not print on paper and recycle a Choco Chimps box by sticking the paper to it)
- Brads/ split pins (UK Link/US Link)
- Bakers/Butchers Twine (UK Link/US Link)
- A large blunt needle (UK Link/US Link)
Find Our Articulated Reindeer Pup on Cricut Design Space
We have two Reindeer puppet templates for you, a coloured one or a black and white one so you can colour it in or paint it yourself.
If you have a laminator then you can use cardstock and laminate your puppet. Otherwise, print it on paper and stick to a cardboard cereal box. Firstly decided which template to use. Children will adore colouring their own monkey in.
Then print it out and cut out all the parts. If laminating now is the perfect time to do that. Alternatively using a glue stick adhere the paper to your cardboard cereal box and cut out.
Using your hole punch, make holes for the moving parts. There are four in the body, one each in the arms and legs. These are marked on the template for ease.
Now you need to thread your bakers/butchers twine on to your needle. This is why it needs to have a large eye!
Next, take the thread and put from one arm to the next using the marks provided (If you are unsure how to thread your puppet there is a great tutorial here with video too). Make sure the Reindeer’s arms are down not outstretched and tie off the twine. Then do the same for the legs. Add a brad/split pin to connect your Reindeer’s arms and legs.
Finally, you have to tie a piece of your twine from the piece connecting the arms to the piece connecting the legs. It needs to be a long piece so it dangles down for you to pull to make the Reindeer’s dance! This might take a little trial and error, but it is worth it.