Animal Finger Puppet Play

Animal Finger PuppetsIn my wildlife movement dice post, I mentioned how fun it can be for children to pretend they are animals. Because that post was so popular, I thought I’d create another similar activity. Below you will find part one of my animal puppet series.

These puppets should predominately be used for unstructured play but they can also be help to encourage discussion on Australian animals, predator-prey relationships and facts about each species.

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Animal Finger Puppets Printable

Here are a few educational dialogue examples that you can use while role-playing with your child.

 Barking Owl

  • I’m a bird of prey, look at my huge talons.
  • I’m going to get some dinner. What shall I eat tonight? Possum, lizard, or I might just eat some insects flying on the wing.
  •  I’m not like all the other owls. I’m crepuscular; I fly around at dawn and dusk.

Lady Beetle

  •  I’m a lady beetle and I eat aphids.
  • I’m an insect, see I have six legs.
  • I’m not poisonous but I trick my predators into thinking that I am with my brightly coloured back!


  • I am a reptile, I have scales on my shell and I’m ecothermic.
  • My hard shell protects me from my predators.


  • I’m a marsupial. I have a pouch.
  • Numm numm numm, Eucalyptus leaves are tasty!
  • It’s daytime? I’m tired. *yawn*

You might also want to learn to bellow like a koala.

Animal Puppets


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  1. kirri says

    You are so artistically inclined and creative. I’m allowed to be a little envious right? Really beautiful work Penny. I know my girls are going to love playing with your finger puppets this weekend!

  2. Grace Titioka says

    So cool ! My boys have just started getting into puppets so this will be awesome for them. Are ya gonna do any pythons ??? :)

  3. Susan Stephenson says

    And can we have a farmyard edition? I’ve wanted chooks for the longest time and figure a finger puppet is as close as I’ll get!

    • pawhitehouse says

      LOL. I don’t mind making that set for your blog readers if you want me to. Chickens would be fun to create!


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