Recipe for storytelling success:
-One part puppets they used to love during centers
-One part paper dolls
-One part paper football your students make when they should be listening
Mix all ingredients together carefully, et voila!
This and other fantastic foldable characters have been touted all around the crafting world. I first read about the free printables at haha.nu.
Go to paperfoldables.com to download and print Open-Mic-Night Guy and Sickly Cat or the whole Soap Box Derby gang. You can either cut and assemble these ahead of time for centers, or you can let your students be the official designers. They get to cut and fold paper; you get students excited about storytelling; everyone's happy.
Harmonica-mouth image from paperfoldables.com