Children Love to Play WIth Puppets!

Do you have a troop full of crafty girls who love to act? Then take advantage of their natural abilities and have them earn the Brownie Girl Scout Puppets, Dolls and Plays Try It badge. This Try It takes the crafting to a different level, as they are going to do something more with the craft than simply take it home.

As a teacher, I always integrated the different curriculum areas that I had to cover. Using the reading book to learn about the social studies topic and using the vocabulary for a spelling list covered a lot of ground. Having the girls make puppets and use them for a play makes puts the two pieces of the Brownie Girl Scout Puppets, Dolls and Plays Try It together. Why make a puppet and not use it for a play?

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As the troop leader, you will have to do some prep work. Depending on how many girls you have, you will need to see how many plays will “produced”. The plays should be short and child centered. If you are creative, you can make them yourself. Or if you would rather, go to the library and find a book of plays to photocopy. You can also get short Reader’s Theater plays from the Teaching Heart website.

It is also advisable to select the groups ahead of time. This will prevent pouting and hurt feelings if you permit the girls to choose their own group. You may also want to assist in the selecting of parts.

To earn this Try It patch, you can do the following four activities. You can change the kinds of puppets you want to make. I suggest at least two meetings to cover the requirements of this Try It.

Once the plays have been selected, decide on which puppets you will have the girls create.

Make a Toilet Paper Tube Puppet

You will have to collect empty toilet paper tubes to do this craft. You can send an email out to the parents asking them to send in one in the girl’s Brownie bag.

Since you have selected the plays for this Brownie Try it, you will need to see what kinds of characters to make and make sure to have the right materials to make for the puppet. For example, if a character is a bird, you will want to buy feathers for the puppet.


  • Empty toilet paper tube
  • Large craft sticks
  • Tacky Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Yarn for hair
  • Googly eyes and other materials for making the puppet unique

Have the girls make the puppet and then glue the stick on the inside. Lay flat to dry.

Make Finger Puppets 

Finger puppets are easy to make. You can find an online template or coloring page of the characters that you need. If you want to make them more sturdy, run them off on cardstock. Cut two holes out at the bottom for the girl’s fingers to sit in. At the meeting, the girls can color them in.

A Video Tutorial

A Colorful Lot of Felt Squares

Thses can be used for many other crafts-save the scraps!

Make Stick Puppets

If the characters in the play are mostly people, then making stick puppets is another option for an activity to earn Puppets, Dolls and Plays Try It patch.


  • Multi colored craft sticks
  • Foam circles for faces
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Yarn for hair
  • Construction paper
  • Rhinestones of buttons for body
  • Googly eyes
  • Tacky glue 

Have the girls make the faces and glue them onto the stick. Add buttons and rhinestones to decorate the stick body.

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These wooden craft stick people can make this requirement easy to do. 

Make Cereal Box Puppets

As a child, I used to make these puppets all of the time.


  • Single serving cereal box cut in the middle horizontally so it bends in half
  • Construction paper
  • Foam shapes for eyes and nose
  • Tacky glue
  • Markers 
  • Scissors 

Cut the construction paper so it covers the cereal box logos and glue it on. Add facial features.

Make a Puppet Stage

This is a great activity to recycle a large carton. Before the meeting, cut out the back and the flaps so it looks like a big television. Have the girls take turns painting it any color they want or glue construction paper to it for the girls to decorate with markers. When dry, add curtains if you wish.

Use the Right Paint!

Practice the Play 

The girls will have to practice the play before they can present it to each other. They will need to read through it several times to get a feel for how it is to be presented. They will need to use the puppets for practice, so be sure they are dry. This should take place at the second meeting.

Once the girls have run through the play several times, they can present them to each other.

Earning the Brownie Girl Scout Puppets, Dolls and Plays Try It patch is sure to bring out the creative side each girl in your troop has. Make sure to videotape the plays so they can watch them at another time.