Make Hey Diddle Diddle Shadow Puppets

Nursery rhymes can be a great starting point for some easy puppets to stimulate your child’s creativity. Download this free printable template with the characters from Hey Diddle Diddle to make your own shadow puppets.

What you need:


Print out the free printable onto 230gsm white card stock (230gsm is about the maximum thickness that will go through a standard printer).

Cut out the character templates individually. Cut out inside the shapes too – you may need to use a craft knife to do this.

The best part (for kids) is colouring the puppets in with a black marker pen. It’s not entirely necessary but will make the shadow puppets look more like shadow puppets. It’s also fun and easy for a small child to just colour the entire shape in black. They could also use paints to do this if you’re not averse to paint mess!

Once you have cut them out, use sticky tape to attach them to a bamboo skewer. You are now ready to put on your show!

Hints and tips:


  1. Kalepo 27/09/2021 at 11:45 am

    extremely difficult to find the printable template, a provided link would be so helpful right now, I have spent so much time trying to find it

    • Julie - Kidspot 27/09/2021 at 5:59 pm

      Hi. Apologies for the broken link. We have fixed the link now so a PDF should download when you click on it. We would love to see your puppets when they are made – you can post a photo or video on our Facebook page or Instagram @kidspotnz

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