Paper Puppet

Grades 1-2

Art 207-04, Group 5

Katie Suverkrop, Bill Trinnaman, Cha Xiong, Keng Yang





Human Or animal figure, generally of a small size and performing on a miniature stage, manipulated by unseen operators who usually speak the dialogues.  Popular forms of the puppet show include the shows of England and France.  Puppet theaters have been established in the Americas; old epic dramas, other medieval and modern pieces, have drawn houses.  The Greek of the 5th century B.C., were familiar with it; in Java, China and Japan it is almost immemorial, in the Europe of the middle ages it was the most popular form of an entertainment for the masses; and it is a constituent in many fold cultures.


From the end of the 16th century to the end of the 18th century, puppet of marionette shows, sometimes, called motions, reached the summit of their vogue the continent and in England.  In the 18th Japan the most celebrated dramatists wrote plays for the Bunraku, or Puppet Theatre.  Nonetheless, puppets have primarily been used in popular entertainments. 


Puppets have enjoyed something of a renaissance in the late 20th century American.  For instance, during the 1950fs in the United States, Burr Tilstromfs hand puppet show Kukla, Fran and Ollie was a popular television series.  In the 1900fs Jim Henson Created a group of madcap education al and entertaining puppets, known as the Muppets that appeared in the television series Sesame Street and their own feature films.




1)      Students will learn different types of animals.

2)      Students will learn about different shapes

3)      Students will learn how to create animals or people with new and different shapes in an abstract form.




1)      Scissors

2)      Glue

3)      Construction paper, 9hx12h, various colors

4)      Small cups

5)      Cotton balls

6)      Yarn

7)      Tape




1)      Pictures from the textbook of final product

2)      Pictures of animals

3)      Create an example model animal in a demonstrated process, four models will be provided



Puppet, cone, animal, circle



1)      Fold construction paper 9hx12h in half

2)      Shape paper into the shape of a cone, with one pointed end and the other round. 

3)      Tape edge of paper to cone and secure

4)      Decide angle of head, glue top of cone, then glue cup.

5)      Decorate body of animal or humanfs head with cotton balls, construction paper and yarn. 

6)      Create hair with yarn.  Create facial features with construction paper.




Over the centuries puppets have been used as a source of entertainment by many all over the world.  The Puppet is an international toy that has been used during Greek, Renaissance, Japanese and popular Northern American cultures.  Puppets can be used as a form of theatre that can educate and entertain.  Puppets can be enjoyed by all ages and are easy and simply to create.


Summery of Characteristic of Artistic Development in 1st and 2nd grade


Stage 2:  Making symbols; Four to Eight: Figure:


During stage two the characteristic of artistic development, children will draw head and feet, with a closed shape with lines; radical configurations.  These configurations are not true to shape of the model but the main idea is present.  The body is usually made up of geometric shapes, such as a triangle.  At stage four children are beginning to create more of an emotional attachment with their artwork.  Their work will show emotionally and physically significant concepts, exaggeration of omission of body parts, concentration of details on important parts.  There is little or no overlapping and a simple baseline appears.  Stage two artwork is created by memory and not on sight and children simply put more time into their artwork.


1)      Head/feet; closed shaped with lines; radical configurations.

2)      Body usually made up of geometric shapes.

3)      Works largely from memory rather than direct observation.

4)      Shows emotionally and physically significant concepts, exaggeration of omission of body parts, concentration of details on important parts.  Space:

5)      Little or no overlapping.

6)      Random placement of items in picture space.

7)      Simple baseline appears.

                 Deviations: bent, multiple, mixture of plane and elevation, x-ray, foldover. 


Feedback from Lesson Plan:


1)      Students had a good time with lesson plan, easy to do and easy to expand on. 

2)      The students found that the cup was hard to secure.

3)      The students wanted more material to decorate their puppets.

4)      The students wanted to use clear tape instead of masking tape.

5)      The students thought the lesson would be a lot more useful if we put the puppets to use and worked them into the curriculum.  For example, a puppet shows.

6)      The student suggested working with paper cups next time, because they would be easier to secure on the puppets body.

7)      Students suggested setting the atmosphere of the classroom by playing music, based on the section of the curriculum the teacher is teaching. 

8)      Good overhead projections.

9)      Good research and introduction.

10)  Make the whole lesson united as a whole and definitely tie it into the curriculum.