Puppet and Puppet Show Lessons: Two classes
Objective: To have students create puppets with clear differences and have the class later perform a play about accepting the differences.
Create a puppet from a brown paper bag with a trait that makes the puppet unique. For this class I made a princess with purple skin. Create the puppet first on a long piece of white paper that is cut to fit the bag. Once done decorating the puppet cut across where the puppets mouth is. glue the top half of the puppet to the upper section on the underside of the brown paper bag. Then glue the second half to the bottom of the paper bag. The puppet can now talk!
For this class also have ready: Long pieces of white paper that fit to the brown paper bag
- Brown paper bags
- Long sheets of white paper
- Pencils, colored pencils, and crayons
- Discuss the idea of differences to the class. Then ask the question, in everyday life is it easier to ignore people for their differences or accept people for their differences? What would the world be like if everybody was the same? Pretty boring right? Say there would be no new ideas, no new video games, no new tv shows because everybody is already the same.
- Introduce the puppet you prepared for the class. Talk about the puppet in regular, relatable terms. “This is princess Belle, she likes to draw, she has blonde hair, she likes to play with her friends and spend time with her family.” Ask if anyone has any of these traits in common with Belle. Then ask if the class notices anything else about Belle. Most likely they will point out the purple skin, if not you may bring it up. When this is brought up reinforce the idea that students have things in common with this character, and they wouldn’t have know that if they judged her for her purple skin.
- Tell the students it is their turn to create a character with a unique trait. As you hand out white paper, pencils, colored pencil and crayons
- Give the students time to develop their character. Encouraging them to add as much detail to the pictures and the character as possible.
- When You see students finishing up Hand out the brown paper bags, scissors and glue. Instruct them to cut the character at the mouth and glue the two ends to the brown paper bag to allow their puppet to talk.
- Have students write their name, the name of their character, and what makes their character unique on the back. Encourage them to add as much detail as possible, even adding relatable characteristics such as “They enjoy playing on the playground””
- If there is time have students hold up their puppet and introduce their puppet to the class.
- Collect the puppets at the end of class to use for the following week. IMPORTANT!