Friday, April 13, 2012
Paper mache hand puppets - grade 5/6
1. Using a Styrofoam ball as a base, build the features of your puppet using plasticine. Cover your shape with paper mache.
2. When dry, cut a hole in the bottom of your head.
3. Carefully cut around the head (you'll fix it later.) Remove the Styrofoam ball (this is kinda tricky, but my kids were able to do it!)
4. Re-paper mache your head back together. The paste will act as a glue. Don't cover the bottom hole that you've made.
5. Allow your newly reconstructed head to dry.
6. Paint your head!
When they finished, we used fabric to make costumes. I had considered sewing them, but we ended up just hot glue gunning the fabric together (impossible to navigate 34 kids with 1 sewing machine.) They've literally probably put over 10 hours into the construction of these puppets. I am so, so proud of their work.
We are currently studying to do a play for literacy - students are working in groups, and have been practicing for weeks. The puppets that they made are based on their plays. I am going to feature each group on my blog, as they really all deserve to be on here (this means there will be about 5 more puppet posts in the next week or two!) This is the first group I'll highlight - L'herbe est toujours plus verte, et ne reveillez pas le chien qui dort (just a note - the sheep has been sick for a week, but when she has her puppet done, I'll get her up here!)