Not all of your puppets have to be so big, you can have lots of fun finger puppets. The pros are they are cheap and small, students can make them or have turns with playing with your finger puppets.
In my version of the GingerBread Man, the students have their own GingerBread man which they have made beforehand and as I tell the story the students act out the story with theirs. At the end of the show they often make a big poster of the decorated finger puppets. The cons are that sometimes in a large class the students can’t see them!
They lend themselves very well to songs - such as Five Little Ducks / Five Little Monkeys and Two little dickie birds (video to follow shortly)
Two Little Dickie Birds
Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall,
One named Peter, one named Paul.
Fly away, Peter! Fly away, Paul
Come back, Peter! Come back, Paul