Pied-billed Grebe Finger Puppet

Since the pied-billed grebe is an aquatic bird or waterfowl, we’re going to make a finger puppet kind of like a duck. But instead of being duck-colored, it will be grebe-colored.

Let’s start with the supplies.


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  • Brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue stick
  • Coloring utensils



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Step 1:

Start by cutting out a big circle for the body of the pied-billed grebe.


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Step 2:

You’re now going to cut a circle out for the head. I traced the body so I could kind of gauge size but I still ended up trimming my head down. So go about it however you want.


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Step 3:

Next, take the extra brown paper to cut the wings out. I, again, traced the body so I could gauge the size of the wings. When I drew them, they kind of looked like a chip.


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Step 4:

Once cut out, I folded the wings like you would fold a paper fan. I did this to give them some texture and “look” like feathers. You can do this is you want but don’t have to.


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Step 5:

Next, glue the head and the wings to the body.


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Step 6:

Once those are glued, cut out the holes for your fingers.


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Step 7:

Put the googly eyes on and cut the beak out. I made the beak come to a kind of a point since the pied-billed grebe has a bit of a curved beak. Glue the beak onto the face.


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Step 8:

Now the beak is glued on, take your coloring utensils and give your pied-billed grebe some detail. You have your own finger puppet, pied-billed grebe now.


While it doesn’t look exactly like a pied-billed grebe, it looks as close as we’re going to get. I think he looks great, especially once he’s dressed up with some “feathers” from the coloring utensils. If you make one of your own pied-billed grebes, let us know! We would love to see your work!