Color your own Purim puppets to put on a show! Use it as a teaching tool to teach the story, a fun Purim party activity for kids or grown-ups, or just print them and have fun on your own. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.
With Purim right around the bend (is it really only 3 weeks away?! Whoops!!) I wanted something fun for M to do at HOME. Even though he learns plenty about the holidays at his Jewish preschool, I think he feels special when he already knows what the teacher is talking about because we’ve done something together.
We still have our felt Purim play set from last year, so this time I made these color-in Purim puppets – something he can get involved in with me, that focuses more on the story of Purim rather than the traditions.
Yes, I know, all these photos show a version of these color-in Purim puppets that were clearly colored by me. M did make a version with lots of gold glitter and black marker, but they disappeared before I had a chance to photograph them for this post! They are featured in our video below, though.
As you can see, I colored these Purim puppets as well. That’s the beauty of them – they are simple enough for kids, but are a fun challenge for grown-ups as well. I used Prismacolor Premier brush-end double tipped markers, including the portrait pack which came in very handy in this round.
I was able to nail Esther’s olive skin tone, while getting a variety of tones for the other characters.
In case you prefer to just grab the full color version, I did create a printable color set, available in my Etsy shop.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the story (or can’t match my fictional drawings to the people featured in the Megillah) here they are from left to right:
- Queen Vashti: The evil queen who worked her Jewish slave maids with a cruel fist. She was killed by her husband for not obeying him.
- Haman: The primary villain of the story, with his infamous triangle shaped hat. He twisted events and facts so that the king agreed to kill out all the Jews.
- Queen Esther: The hero of every little Jewish girl, Esther did not want to be queen but she was chosen to replace Vashti. She risked her life for her people and used her influence to save them.
- Mordechai: The leader of the Jewish people at the time, a righteous man, who was also Esther’s uncle and guardian.
- King Achashveirosh (Ahasuerus) – The foolish king of Persia at the time, who played along with Haman’s game, but was also willing to spare the Jews when he felt that Haman was trying to grab his crown – and when he found out that Esther is Jewish.
Here is a full rundown of the Purim story for those of you want it.
The story of Purim is about a strong female figure, in a period where the law of the land was that if a wife does not obey her husband she is worthy of death. She is a true role model for our daughters, a quiet yet heroic personality, who did not WANT to be queen, but used it to the advantage of her people.
Use these fun Purim puppets to put on a show with the family or the class. Use it to teach the story of Purim or for some fun role play.
What you need to assemble your color-in Purim puppets:
- Crayons and markers (My son used an odd assortment, and I used Prismacolor Premier markers)
- A printout of the Purim puppets
- An extra sheet of card stock for each page.
- Craft sticks in fun colors
- White glue
How to assemble your color-in Purim puppets:
It’s easy! Watch the video below or follow the step-by-step right after it.
- Color in your puppets
- Cut them out back to back with a piece of card stock, so you have a stiff paper the same shape as your puppet.
- Glue a craft stick 1″ into the bottom of your puppet
- Glue the puppet and the cardstock together so that they sandwich the craft stick.
- Dry and have fun!
You don’t have to sandwich it with card stock, it’s just a wee bit floppy that way. If you’re doing it with younger children, skip this step to simplify the process. If you really plan to put on a fun show for the kids, definitely back it with card stock.
This post is part of our annual Purim for Kids blog hop. Visit the posts below for great ideas about sharing this holiday with the kids in your life! Don’t miss our blog hop from last year, and you can find even more ideas on our Purim board on Pinterest: