Stories & Crafts: Pets 1

Welcome to Stories & Crafts for preschoolers. We invite everyone to stop by and enjoy the story and try out the crafts. This week’s stories are by the author Ezra Jack Keats. Listen to Rhonda read Whistle for Willie.

Make a Paper Bag Pet Puppet


You can make any kind of pet puppet you want. A dog. A dinosaur. You can make more than one and have a puppet show!


  • Paper sack, lunch size                     
  • Colored paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue
  • Scissors


I decided to make a giraffe puppet. I am pretty sure I will never have a giraffe as a pet. Where would I keep it?

  • Have your child cut out two rectangles –a small one for the head and a larger one for the body. Help your child figure out how big the rectangles need to be. It’s ok if they are not exact.
  • Cut out hearts for the spots and the horns. You or your child can draw the hearts. For good practice with scissors, let your child cut them out. Count how many hearts you made.
  • Cut out an oval and two small hearts for the snout. You or your child can draw the oval.  Let your child cut it out.
  • Use crayons or markers for the mouth and eyes.

Whatever kind of pet you make – have fun!


Things to Talk About

  • If you could have any kind of animal as a pet, what would you choose?
  • What would it look like?
  • How big would it be?
  • Where would it live?
  • What would you feed it?
  • Would you take it for walks?

More Fun


If you liked Whistle for Willie check out these books about pets.

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Luanne Webb – Infant-Preschool Librarian. Through my programs I hope to spark children’s interest in reading and help them get ready for school. When I am not at the library, I enjoy researching my family’s history.