10 minute craft activity: make a badger puppet

Child using a cardboard badger puppet


Doing a craft activity that’s related to a book you’ve read is a great way to encourage children to think a bit more deeply about the story or characters. It encourages conversations and can spark little imaginations to get creative too.

The book we sent our Cockatoos this month features a rather endearing little badger, so here are some instructions for making one of your own.

Make a badger puppet

Bits and bobs you will need:

  • A piece of cardboard packaging
  • A pencil
  • Scissors (please be careful!)
  • A 5p piece
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • A black pen
  • White paint, pencil or corrector fluid

Cardboard badger puppet laid next to scissors

  1. Draw a rounded triangular shape on your cardboard about 10cm high.
  2. Next draw the outline of a badger’s face and add some ears at the top, before cutting out the whole badger.
  3. Use the 5p piece draw two small circles near the bottom of the badger’s body. Carefully cut up from the bottom and around each circle.
  4. Use your black pen to outline the badger’s face and add paws, stripes and a snout.
  5. Colour the rest of the badger’s face in white.
  6. Finally add some googly eyes (or draw them in with your pen)

And there you have it! You’re now free to take your badger on adventures and make it the hero of your own stories.

Why stop at a badger? These instructions can be easily adapted to create any small creature that may have featured in books you’ve read.

We’d love to see your creations so tag us in any photos on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.


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