Easy Martian Puppet Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers


This craft is a wonderful open ended activity for expression and creativity for even the youngest crafters. Before we began the activity, we had a little conversation about “martians.” We talked about what they might look like, how they might live, etc. I explained that because Martians are pretend creatures, we can imagine them to be whatever we want them to be. She had so much fun adding all of the details to her puppet. She spent almost forty five minutes carefully constructing this craft.

finished martian puppet

Materials to Make the Martian Puppet Craft with Your Toddler

  • brown paper lunch bag
  • non toxic washable paint
  • paintbrush
  • cup or container to hold the paint
  • non toxic liquid glue
  • googly eyes
  • pom poms
  • pipe cleaners

This craft can be adjusted to use many different materials depending upon what you have on hand, as well as your child's preferences. We used googly eyes because they are so much fun! I got a pack of them at the dollar store filled with many different sizes (the giant ones were Little M.'s favorite). The pom poms could be noses (or some other feature completely unique to your child's alien!) I thought the pipe cleaners would make great antennae. There are so many other things that you could include: magazine clippings (of body or face parts), stickers, buttons, cut construction paper shapes, felt or fabric pieces, etc. You and your child's imagination is the limit!

toddler gluing eyes onto her Martian puppet

Before we made the puppets we read the book Mars by Elizabeth Carney. It gives lots of background information about the planet, as well explaining where people originally got the ideas that led to the concept of Martians in the first place. For more information about this book and all of the books we read this unit, check out our Roundup of Space Books for Children.

Don't forget to check out the shooting star wand that we posted yesterday. Your child's Martian will be able to chase comets around the galaxy!

First, I gave her the bag and asked her what color her Martian was going to be. She picked green, probably because Martians (and aliens generally, actually) are usually depicted as green in books. There are no wrong choices! Let your child paint their puppet any way they want.

When they are finished painting, you can offer them the detail elements. Either pick out a few choices or brainstorm with your child to help them pick out materials of their own choosing. Provide glue and let them freely decorate their Martian.

Set aside their puppet to dry overnight. Then, they can take their Martian throughout the solar system and back home to Mars to refuel their rocket.  You could also use this method to make a monster puppet for Halloween.

Martian Puppet: easy preschool space themed craft



Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read about our open ended Martian puppet craft. If you enjoyed this activity, please consider sharing on social media and/or leaving a comment below. We'd love to hear from you! What materials would you use to make a really unique Martian?

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  1. Such a cute idea! I love crafts that allow kids to be super creative.

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