POLYHEDRA PUPPET – Geometric Solids, Texture

Students create a Model Magic puppet with a mouth that opens and closes using 2 solid figures they have created with their own nets as a base.

Required Time

180 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 4 to Grade 8


Language Arts
Visual Arts


character colour contrast geometric figure personality polyhedra solid figure texture


Bristol Board Scissors Duct Tape Glue Pencils Rulers Drawing Paper Glue


POLYHEDRA PUPPET – Geometric Solids, Texture - Step One

Step One

  1. Make 4 thumbnail sketches of different designs for your puppet.
  2. Make sure your design uses at least 2 geometric solids.
  3. Choose the design you like best or combine ideas to make a new one.


POLYHEDRA PUPPET – Geometric Solids, Texture - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Make at least 2 nets to use for the puppet head.
  2. Plan how to combine them so the mouth will open and close.
POLYHEDRA PUPPET – Geometric Solids, Texture - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Cut out your nets and glue them together.
  2. Join the two nets using strong tape such as duct tape.
  3. Make sure the mouth will open and close.
POLYHEDRA PUPPET – Geometric Solids, Texture - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Use glue to attach a thin layer of Model Magic to the surface of the net.
  2. Allow it to dry for at least a day.
POLYHEDRA PUPPET – Geometric Solids, Texture - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Although Model Magic sticks to itself it is a good idea to use glue to attach the new pieces of Model Magic for this project.
  2. As you add more Model Magic to the puppet head think about colour and texture.
  3. Mix primary colours to get new colours.
  4. Use a garlic press and other tools to create texture.
POLYHEDRA PUPPET – Geometric Solids, Texture - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Allow the puppet head to dry for 3 days.
  2. Once it is dry, you may want to give it a coat of acrylic varnish to make it stronger and give it a shiny finish.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a polyhedra puppet with a distinct personality;
  2. Draw and construct 2 different 3-dimensional geometric figures;
  3. Use the element of role to establish and introduce a character;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.


  1. Place students into small groups.
  2. Have them work with their puppet characters to develop a story worth telling. (This could be connected to a theme you are studying.)
  3. Remind them to establish a clear setting, develop relationships among the characters and to create a story that shows the characters encountering some kind of problem and figuring out how to resolve it.
  4. Have students write and refine the script, and decide on how best to present it – props, backdrops, sound effects etc.
  5. Allow students plenty of time to practice and rehearse their stories.
  6. Consider taping the audio portion of the play and simply moving the puppets to the sound track.
  7. Finally, present the plays to your own class and/or others.
  8. Video the performances throughout so students may view their works in progress.
  9. Be sure to include lots of peer assessment throughout the process so students can learn from each other.


  1. Prior to this lesson have students spend lots of time identifying and making nets for a variety of polyhedra.
  2. Make a sample puppet head base from 2 different polyhedra, e.g., a cube and pyramid. Make sure the mouth will open and close.
  3. Download the Colour and Texture posters available on this website,


  1. Ask students to think about someone they know who really stands out in their mind. It could be an actual person, or a character from a movie or TV show.
  2. Allow students to share a few things that interest them about their characters.
  3. Make a list of characteristics such as gestures, clothes, hairstyles, facial expressions, etc.
  4. Show students your polyherda puppet head base and discuss what details and embellishments they would add to turn the base into a character.
  5.  Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Create a polyhedra puppet with a distinct personality.
  2. Draw and construct 2 different 3-dimensional geometric figures.
  3. Use the element of role to establish and introduce a character.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    - accurate construction of 2 different polyhedra
    - mouth opens and closes
    - details create a distinct personality
    - puppet is carefully constructed
    - able to effectively stay in role

    - works well with others to develop an effective introduction
  3. Demonstrate how to work with duct tape.
  4. Demonstrate how to mix new colours with primary colours of Model Magic.
  5. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  6. Observe students as they work. 
  7. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Place students into pairs.
  2. Ask them to take on the role of their puppet. Ask them to take turns introducing themselves in role and learning as much as they can about each other. Remind them that they should be working the puppet while they do this as if the puppet is doing the talking.
  3. Then ask students to remain in role and introduce their partner’s puppet to the rest of the class, providing 3 details about the puppet as part of the introduction. For example, “I’d like to introduce Polyphemus. He is a giant from ancient Greece, loves stories about his own adventures, and is very strong.”
  4. Discuss:
    How did the information about the puppet fit with the way it looked?
    How did the action of the puppet(s) contribute to the effectiveness of the introduction?
    How did the puppet’s voice affect the introduction?
    How well could you hear what was being said?
  5. Ask students to place their puppets on their tables.
  6. Provide sticky notes at each table.
  7. Ask students to view the puppets and select three to comment on. They should write their own name on the sticky note as well as a specific comment that says something they like or find interesting about the puppet. They then place the sticky note beside the puppet. Remind them that they have to provide details about what they like. (E.g., You can’t just say, “I really like your puppet. You have to say what you like about the puppet. For example, "I really like the way you used the colours blue and green for the face of your puppet. It 's a good connection to his father the sea god and makes him look a bit more dramatic."


  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - PolyherdaPuppet_tracking.pdf)
  4. Assess the sticky note comments.
  5. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - PolyhedraPuppet_self-assessment.pdf)