Stick Puppets

Lesson #12139
12139

Add fun to book reports and plays with these fairy-tale stick puppets.



Grade Level:
1-2, 3-5

These easy-to-create stick puppets can be used to enhance classroom plays and storytelling.

Students will develop oral skills and confidence as they use their puppets to introduce the characters in their stories, book reports or plays.

A11194-Sizzix Bigz Die - Puppet, Mermaid A11185-Sizzix Bigz Die - Puppet, Princess A11186-Sizzix Bigz Die - Puppet, Unicorn
Adhesive, Construction paper, Crayons or markers, Pen (white), Pencil, Scallop scissors, Scissors, Stir or ice pop sticks
Adhesive, Construction paper, Crayons or markers, Pen (white), Pencil, Scallop scissors, Scissors, Stir or ice pop sticks

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Read several fairy tales (Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lost Unicorn or The Valiant Little Tailor) or have the students write book reports on various fairy tales, incorporating the stick puppets into their oral reports.

Embellish or assemble the Unicorn Puppet

  1. Die-cut the unicorn using white and pink construction paper. Leave the white unicorn whole, and trim the mane, tail and hooves away from the pink unicorn.
  2. Attach the trimmed pink unicorn to the white Unicorn. Use crayons or markers for shading.
  3. Attach a piece of colored paper behind the eye (Main Photo).
  4. Insert a stir stick or a ice pop stick through the slits.

Embellish or assemble the Princess Puppet

  1. Die-cut the princess using multiple colors of construction paper, including a skin color (use colors to reflect the cultural make -up of your students). Leave the base skin-color princess whole. 
  2. Attach a piece of colored paper behind the eyes and mouth (Figure A).
  3. Die-cut two different colors for the gown. Leave one gown whole. Draw two lines on the second gown to trim for a petticoat, and attach the trimmed piece over the whole gown (Figure B). Students can design their own special dress. Use a white pen to color the pearls or lace on the gown (Main Photo).
  4. Insert a stir stick or ice pop stick through the slits.

Embellish or assemble the Mermaid Puppet

  1. To make the mermaid, die-cut the mermaid using green, yellow and a skin-tone construction paper. Leave the skin-colored mermaid whole. 
  2. Trim the lower body and bra of the green mermaid, and trim the hair of the yellow mermaid and attach to the skin-colored mermaid.
  3. With scallop scissors, create small strips from contrasting paper, and attach to the mermaid body to replicate the look of scales (Main Photo).
  4. Insert a stir stick or ice pop stick through the slits.
  5. Students can use their stick puppets to accentuate storytelling and class plays.

English Language Arts
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills

  • Students adjust their use of spoken, written and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
Students use spoken, written and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasions and the exchange of information).
Source: educationworld.com

Fine Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
Achievement Standards

  • Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas

NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas
Achievement Standard

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning

NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
Achievement Standards

  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Source: educationworld.com

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