This axolotl paper craft is fun and easy to make using the free craft template. It’s a paper bag puppet that your kids are going to love and leads to hours of imaginative play. Axolotls are beyond adorable. Your animal puppet will love going on adventures. Scroll down to get the free template to make crafting even easier.
Fun Facts about Axolotls
- Axolotls are a kind of salamander.
- Instead of moving to land, like most animals of its kind, it instead keeps its features, like gills and a tail, which make if possible for it to stay living in water.
- They can regenerate limbs and organs.
- The feathery “branches” that come from its head are its gills.
- In the wild, Axolotls are only found in Mexico.
- It does not chew its food but eats by suction.
To learn more interesting facts about axolotls, check out this article from Fact Animal.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper lunch bag
- Construction paper
- Pink tissue paper squares
- Glue stick
- Axolotl craft template
This axolotl craft starts with a simple paper bag craft, which is just one of the items that we keep in our kids’ craft bag. There are so many things that you can do with them! To craft along with us, you’re going to want to fill your bag using our master list of supplies that we stick to for every single craft project on this site (and in our shop). It makes crafting with your kids so much easier…and way more fun!
Combine Reading with Crafting
The best way to elevate the crafting experience is to add reading a good book. Here are some of our favorite books for kids about axolotls.
Save this axolotl craft for later. Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…
How to make an Axolotl Paper Craft Puppet
Step 1: Use the Axolot Craft Template
- Download and print the axolotl craft template.
- Use it to cut out all of the head and “gills” for your axolotl craft.
- We used light pink for the head and a darker pink for the pieces that come out from the head.
Step 2: Attach the Head and Body
- From the same color paper that you used for the head, also cut a rectangle the size of the front of your paper bag.
- Glue the rectangle onto the front of the bag, including under the flap.
- Then glue on the head using your glue stick.
Step 3: Fluff up the Gills
- To each of the 6 cut out “gills”, add some tissue paper squares which cover it and hang over the edge.
- Snip around the outside edges of the tissue paper to make them appear feathery.
Step 4: Finish the Construction
- Attach the prepared “gills”, 3 on each side of the head (as pictured).
- Optional: Also cut out arms and legs for your axolotl and attach them to the front of your paper bag puppet.
Step 5: Draw on the Face
- Last, use your markers to draw a face on your axolotl paper craft.
- We kept it simple, with blue eyes and a wide smile. You should make yours however you like.
Now that you know how to make an axolotl craft, give him some personality. Maybe he carries a little umbrella…or has a baby…or wears a bow tie. The only limit is your imagination.
And if you want to make another fun craft, watch this unicorn craft video and craft along as my young friend, Izzy, helps show us how.