Hippopotamus Puppet Printable Template

Our series of fun printable puppets continue – grab this Hippopotamus Puppet Printable Template and let’s have some fun.

This one sure looks cute with the two big teeth showing at all times.

Hippopotamus Puppet Printable Template Paper Craft Idea for Kids

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We sure do love making puppets! This hippopotamus printable puppet template joins the rank of our chatty little puppets!

We have shared quite a few of them with your already (both free and paid) – the elephant puppet for example would work great as a buddy to this one.Can’t you just hear all the funny conversations these two puppets would have when in control by your kids? Oh so fun!

Ready to make your own puppet? Just print our template and have some fun with it.

Hippopotamus Hand Puppet Printable Template

How to use Hippopotamus Puppet Printable Template

What you need:

  • our printable template (you can grab this one at the end of this tutorial, we also have a huge set of puppets available as a bundle)
  • heavier print paper (preferred, although regular print paper will work well too)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • scoring tool
  • coloring supploes

See the Step by Step Tutorial


Print out the template – there are two pages and you will need them both. We do recommend printing on heavier print paper / cardstock as it will make the puppet more durable, but regular print paper will work out well too.

Color the puppet template. On the page with the face, you only need to color in the middle third with the face design as other two thirds won’t be visible once the puppet is assembled.

We like to color our puppets with markers as this makes them really stand out – crayons or colored pencils also work. We made our hippopotamus gray-blue.

Also color the accessories (ears). Cut out a pair of ears and the teeth.

You can make the teeth slightly yellow or just leave them white.

Return to the first sheet.

Fold along all the dashed lines.

Run a craft stick (or similar) across the folds to make them crisper. This will make the folding way easier.

Unfold after folding each fold.

Place the sheet of paper on the table, with the design facing the table.

Fold over the “third” with the word glue – apply glue.

Close it up by folding the third on the other side on top of the one with the word glue.

Press firmly for the glue to set (you can even weight it with a book, waiting will be easier that way).

Once the glue is dry, gold along the dashed lines to get a M shape.

Your Hippopotamus Puppet is almost done – just add the ears and teeth.

Take the ears, fold along the dashed line separating the ear and rectangle – apply glue and stick on the head.

Do the same with teeth – fold along the dashed line – but glue them inside the mouth.

Slip your fingers into the openings and chat away!

Hippopotamus Puppet Printable Template Craft

Get the Printable Elephant Puppet Template

Grab the template here: hippopotamus puppet printable template

Happy Crafting!

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