How to Quickly and Easily Make Ocean Animal Stick Puppets

Ocean Animal Stick Puppets

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These ocean animal stick puppets are super easy to make with this FREE PRINTABLE.  To give the puppets a place to play, there are also directions on how to create an ocean scene.  Also, I share how we store our stick puppets with the ocean scene.  My toddler absolutely loves playing with these puppets.  We didn’t even have the ocean scene finished before she started to play with them.  I hope your child enjoys them as much as my little one!
Make easy and quick ocean animal stick puppets and an ocean scene where they can play!

Creating the ocean animal stick puppets

Things you will need for the stick puppets

  1. 10 popsicle sticks
  2. 2 pieces of white cardstock
  3. Scissors
  4. Tape
  5. Crayons, markers, or colored pencils (optional)


How to make the stick puppets

  1. Print the ocean animals onto your white card stockPrint Ocean Animals for stick puppets
  2. (Optional) have your child color the animals
  3. Cut out the animalsAnimals cut out
  4. Tape each animal to a popsicle stickTape ocean animals to sticks for stick puppets
TA-DA!  Done!All done with the animals

Creating a cute ocean scene for your puppets

Things you will need for the ocean scene

  1. Cardstock in the following colors
    1. Dark blue – 1
    2. Light blue – 1
    3. Turquoise – 1
    4. Yellow – 1
  2. Scissors
  3. Tape
  4. Ruler
  5. Cup or bottle to trace a circle (I used my amazing Camelbak coffee tumbler that keeps my coffee hot for hours)Create this fun ocean scene and popsicle stick puppets with your preschooler or toddler.

How to make the ocean scene


  1. Using a bottle or cup, trace a circle onto the yellow cardstockTrace the sun
  2. Cut out the circle
  3. Cut 2 long strips and 2 shorter strips to create the sun’s raysEasy ocean scene for stick puppets
  4. Place the sun circle behind the light blue cardstock in one of the cornersdiy ocean scene
  5. Trace where the corner is on the circleTrace cut
  6. Cut the corner out of the circle (Bonus: you now also have a PacMan!)Cut corner
  7. Tape the sun’s rays onto the back of the sun alternating large and smallMake a sun
  8. Tape the sun onto the corner of the light blue paperTape sun to top of page


  1. Using your ruler, scissors, and pencil, measure and cut your dark blue piece of cardstock to be 2” x 11”.Cut Card stock
  2. Using your ruler, scissors, and pencil, measure and cut your turquoise piece of cardstock to be 3 ½ “ x 11”.
  3. Place your light blue paper in front of you in a landscape direction.
  4. Place your turquoise paper on top of your light blue paper and line it up with the bottom of the light blue paper.light ocean
  5. Tape the sides of the paper together. (DO NOT TAPE THE BOTTOM, only the sides)
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the dark blue strip of paper.Dark ocean

YAY!!!! You did it!  This cute stick puppet show has an ocean scene that goes with it.  I am sure your toddler or preschooler will have as much fun with it as ours is.

Stick puppets are SO MUCH FUN

Quick and easy ocean stick puppets with ocean scene

How to store

I created the ocean scene and puppets no larger than an 8 ½ “ x 11” piece of paper.   This way, I can store the whole thing in one of these zippered binder folder

These zippered pockets will not bend easily so they are perfect for keeping the paper safe from creasing.  Other than storing crafts, I use them to take the paperwork to and from any doctor’s appointments we have. It fits great into the part of the diaper bag that holds the changing pad.
storing your stick puppets 

Create an ocean activity using stick puppets. Use it for both play and learning.

Other Uses for the stick puppets

Shadow puppet showchairs for a puppet show

To create a shadow puppet show, all you need is

  1. Flashlight or lamp
  2. Light-colored sheet
  3. Two chairs

Place the two chairs about 3’ apart with the backs toward each other. Nest, drape the sheet over the backs of both chairs.  Put the flashlight behind the puppets and have fun!

Set up a blanket for the ocean scene

If you have more than one child playing with the stick puppets, you will need a bigger ocean scene.  Try using a blanket and two chairs. This will give plenty of room for the children to put on a show.

Teach where each animal lives in the ocean

The ocean scene created above can also teach where ocean animals live.  For example, a crab lives along the bottom of the water. But, a dolphin lives close to the top of the water because it needs air.

Please let me know if you have other ideas on how to use these puppets in the comments.

Stick puppet printable for toddlers or preschoolers to color. These ocean animals will create hours of fun!

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Easy and quick way to create lots of fun for your kids. Ocean animal stick puppets, an ocean scene, and a perfect way to store it!
Use this stick puppet FREE PRINTABLE to make an easy craft that is fun for kids.
Follow these steps along with a FREE PRINTABLE to create fun & entertaining ocean animal stick puppets!

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