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Christmas : ‘Running Legs’ Gingerbread Man Paper Finger Puppets

Free Printable Paper Puppets!

‘Running Legs’ Gingerbread Man Finger Puppets

Small and large sizes for kids and adults

By Chris Dunmire

Parents and teachers: Make the classic Gingerbread Man story come alive and animated using these fun finger puppets! After cutting out and assembling the puppet, stick your fingers through the leg hole to create the Gingerbread Man’s two “running” legs!

Group Story Time Suggestion: Read the Gingerbread Man story while having one child (or adult) mimic the clever cookie’s running legs with a puppet each time he says, “Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” After story time is over, give each child a puppet to cut out and play with.

If you'd like more creative ideas using puppets with kids, be sure to see Abby Connors' inspiring article: The Secret (and Very Creative) Life of Puppets.

Project Materials & Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Printed Gingerbread Man Finger Puppet page
  • Optional: Double-sided tape

Big Gingerbread Man Finger Puppets

Print Gingerbread Man
Finger Puppets Page (Adult-Size)


Small Gingerbread Man Finger Puppets

Print Gingerbread Man
Finger Puppets Page (Child-Size)


Puppet Assembly Instructions:

1. Print puppet cutout PDF page on paper or card stock.

2. Cut puppet body and leg hole out along cut line.

3. Fold puppet back at fold line.

4. Stick fingers (index and middle) through leg hole.

5. Optional: Apply double-sided tape to back of puppet’s body and stick to back of hand to hold in place. •

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