Stick Puppets and Stage
Build a small stage for plays and storytelling time.
Create a stage that is easy to fold and set up for stick or hand puppet plays and storytelling. This simple and easy-to-make stage will be a hit with students and inspire their theatrical presentations.
Construct a stage for student or teacher creativity with stick, hand or sock puppets. The curtains open and close, and the stage can be placed on a desk for easy manipulation. Use the stage during storytelling, book reports and plays.
Supplies Used: Adhesive, Cardstock or construction paper, Craft knife, Craft sticks, Crayons, markers or pens, Dowel (1/4"), Fabric (for curtain), Foam core (2' x 4'), Pencil (#2), Push pin, Rubber bands, Scissors
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut any of the puppets from cardstock or construction paper, and decorate with crayons, markers or pens or with die-cut pieces.
- Insert a craft stick into the two slits on the puppet (Figures A, B & C). (Almost any die can be made into a stick puppet by cutting two small slits in the shape and inserting a craft stick into the slits.)
- To make the stage, purchase a 2' x 4' piece of foam core, and cut a 12" piece off both ends.
- In the center of the 2' square of foam core, cut a 3" border all the way around for the opening of the stage.
- Die-cut assorted sizes of circles, and adhere the circles to the sides and front of the stage for a polka-dot effect (Main Photo).
- Lay the sides and front of the stage face down, leaving a very small space between the front and the sides.
- Adhere the two sides to the middle with packing tape (Figure D). This allows the stage to fold up.
- Make a mark on the two sides indicating where the dowel (to hang the curtain) should be, and use a push pin to start the dowel hole.
- Use a #2 pencil to push through the foam core to make a hole. The 1/4" dowel will fit in the hole.
- Make a pocket on two fabric panels to thread the dowel through. If desired, hem the sides and the bottom of each panel.
- Wind rubber bands around each end of the dowel to keep it from sliding through the holes.
- You now have a perfect stage for command performances of all sorts (Main Photo)!
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
English Language Arts
Speaking & Listening Grade 1
CCSS.ELA.Literacy.SL.1.5 Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
- Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Fine Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes
- Students use different media techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
- Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum
Science and Technology and Engineering Education
3.4 Technology and Engineering Education
3.4.C Technology and Engineering Design
Pennsylvania’s public schools shall teach, challenge and support every student to realize his or her maximum potential and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to:
1 Design Attributes
- Understand that there is no perfect design.
- Recognize that requirements for a design include such factors as the desired elements and features of a product or system or the limits that are placed on the design.