Leo: A Ghost Story Popsicle Stick Puppets

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LEO: A GHOST STORY is a book that reflects a child’s imagination with its pretend-play, the way a ghost feels commonplace, and the fact that Christian Robinson’s illustrations are created out of imperfect cut-paper. Also, knights of the round table and sidewalk chalk drawings!

here’s what we’re making

I figured a good craft to pair with such an imaginative book is one that allows for a child’s own imagination to shine in the making and the playing. Thus, we give you, popsicle stick puppets of Leo, Jane, and the whole make-believe gang!

Click here for downloadable instructions.

here’s what you’ll need

  • Pencils
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Tracing paper or sturdy translucent paper
  • Blue construction paper
  • Black marker
  • (Optional for stage: white construction paper and blue colored pencil or crayon)

let’s get started!


1. Trace Leo from the cover of Leo: A Ghost Story in pencil; cut around him.

2. Tape transparent Leo to a popsicle stick and you’ve got a puppet already!

3. Draw Jane and other elements from the book by hand on blue construction paper (pencil first, then marker recommended); cut around them.

4. Tape Jane and other elements to popsicle sticks. More puppets!

Optional for stage: Draw and cut out curtains; tape them to white paper; color in blue halfway up.


we’re all done!

Tell your own stories with Leo and Jane!

Be sure to check out our ALL THE WONDERS of Leo: a Ghost Story post for much more with Leo, including an interview with Leo: a Ghost Story author Mac Barnett, an interview with Christian Robinson, Leo’s illustrator, and a look inside the book.

About the Author

Danielle Davis


Danielle Davis reads, writes, and roller skates in Los Angeles. She brings picture books to life on her blog, This Picture Book Life, which as it happens is a good place to find her.

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