For the Year of the Dog, or to illustrate a story with dogs in it, this is a great craft activity. Patterns are included for three types of dogs, including a Dalmatian.
Not much prep time required, since you can print the patterns directly on cardstock paper. Uses one 4" x 8" paper lunch bag per puppet.
Alternatively you can make an articulated paper doll using the same patterns and a few brass fasteners.
Look for my other puppets as well!