Craft Activity, Art Activity, STEAM Activity: Make A Paper Cup Puppet

What Kids Learn From This Craft Activity, STEAM Activity

Kids learn a variety of valuable skills through this STEAM activity, craft activity, Make a Paper Cup Puppet. They develop creativity and fine motor skills as they design and assemble their toy using straws and a paper cup. Additionally, they gain an understanding of basic engineering principles as they create moving parts, enhancing problem-solving abilities. This activity fosters imagination, hand-eye coordination, and an appreciation for repurposing materials, all while having fun.

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What We Need For This Craft Activity, STEAM Activity 

STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Toy Materials
STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet Materials

 

How to Do the Craft Activity, STEAM Activity Make A Paper Cup Puppet

 

  1. Draw Your Character’s Pieces: Draw the facial features and hands on colored paper, and then cut them all out. Glue them together afterward. (You can also use markers, colored pencils, or other art supplies to draw a face and hands on the paper and cut them out.)

    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Puppet - Draw Your Character's Pieces
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet – Draw Your Character’s Pieces
  2. Decorate the Cup: Personalize the paper cup to give it more personality or character.
  3. Make Holes in the Paper Cup: Create one hole in the bottom of the cup and two holes on the sides for the arms.

    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Puppet - Make Holes In The Paper Cup
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet – Make Holes In The Paper Cup
  4. Attach Three Straws: Use tape to secure three straws together to form two hands and the body’s center.

    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Puppet - Tape Straws Together
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet – Tape Straws Together
  5. Insert the Straws Into The Holes: Insert each straw end into the holes you made in the paper cup.

    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Puppet - Insert The Straws Into The Holes
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet – Insert The Straws Into The Holes
  6. Cut the Straws for the Hands Shorter.
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Puppet - Cut the Straws For the Hands Shorter
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet – Cut the Straws For the Hands Shorter

     

  7. Tape the Head and Hands To the Straws.
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Puppet - Tape the Head And The Hands To The Straws
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet – Tape The Head And The Hands To The Straws

     

     

    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Puppet - Tape the Head And The Hands To The Straws
    STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet – Tape The Head And The Hands To The Straws
  8. Play and Enjoy: Your paper cup toy is now ready to play with and enjoy! Move the straws up and down to bring it to life and have fun with your creation.
STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Toy
STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppet

STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity - Paper Cup Toys
STEAM Activity, Craft Activity, Art Activity – Paper Cup Puppets

Variations & Challenges

  • Animal Themes: Instead of an animal figure, create paper cup human charaters. Use additional materials like craft foam, feathers, and pipe cleaners to bring your chosen animal or human character to life.
  • Storytelling: Encourage kids to come up with stories or adventures for their paper cup puppets. This enhances their imaginative and narrative skills.

 

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Author

  • Isabelle

    Isabelle has been an entrepreneur for last 22 years in retail and educational industry. She is also a mom to a child in elementary school. She believes that when kids are curious and use their imagination, amazing things can happen. She is particularly interested in STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). She believes when children are encouraged to develop STEAM skills from a young age, they gain valuable tools to tackle future challenges in a creative, imaginative, and innovative manner. She enjoys researching STEAM and craft activities, plays, toys and resources and share with parents.

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