STICK PUPPET – Form, Colour, Texture

Students use Model Magic and a paint stir stick to create a simple puppet. 

Required Time

30 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 1


Language Arts
Visual Arts



Crayola Model Magic - Assorted Colours Paint Stir Stick - 1 per student Felt Pieces - 22.8 cm x 15.2 cm (6" x 9") - 1 per puppet Pipe Cleaners - 1 per puppet Pencils

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STICK PUPPET – Form, Colour, Texture - Step One

Step One

  1. Mix Model Magic colours together to get a new colour, e.g., red + white = pink.
STICK PUPPET – Form, Colour, Texture - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Roll a ball of Model Magic about the size of a small orange.
  2. Wrap the Model Magic ball around one end of the stick. 
  3. Make sure the Model Magic covers the end of the stick.
  4. Form the ball into a head.
STICK PUPPET – Form, Colour, Texture - Step Three

Step Three


  1. Roll a small ball of white Model Magic.
  2. Roll a smaller ball of a different colour Model Magic.
  3. Place the coloured Model Magic ball on top of the white ball.
  4. Press them together.
  5. Poke the centre with a pencil.
  6. Press the eyes onto the face of your puppet.
STICK PUPPET – Form, Colour, Texture - Step Four

Step Four


  1. Take a small piece of Model Magic and squeeze it into a sausage shape.
  2. Use the tips of your fingers to roll the Model Magic into a thin coil.
  3. Press the mouth onto the face of your puppet.
  4. Add a nose and other details.
STICK PUPPET – Form, Colour, Texture - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Wrap a piece of felt around the stick.
  2. Twist a pipe cleaner around the felt close to the neck of your puppet.
  3. Pull it tight.
STICK PUPPET – Form, Colour, Texture - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Make 2 small balls of Model Magic for hands.
  2. Squeeze each ball around the ends of the pipe cleaner.
  3. Make sure the pipe cleaner goes all the way to the end of each Model Magic ball.
STICK PUPPET – Form, Colour, Texture - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Allow your puppet to dry for 2 days.
  2. Use your puppet to tell stories.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create a stick puppet using Model Magic;
  • work independently and self-regulate;
  • demonstrate an awareness of their own body parts;
  • share their ideas with peers; 
  • demonstrate a sense of accomplishment.


Have children:

  • play with the puppets exploring and sharing ways to express different emotions with them.
  • record a story, including sound effects and then play their recording as they act out the story with their puppets.
  • share their puppet stories with their peers.


  1. Spend time playing body awareness games, such as Simon Says, and singing songs such as Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes.
  2. Gather and share storybooks such as, Monster Chef, by Nick Bland; Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup; The Noon Balloon, by Margaret Wise Brown; The Fish With The Deep Sea Smile, by Margaret Wise Brown; and The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland.
  3. Set up an art centre with Model Magic, pencils, paint stir sticks, felt and pipe cleaners.


  1. Conduct a read-aloud with a book such as The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland.
  2. Focus on how the animals think up ideas to help cheer up the bear.
  3. Have students act out parts of the story.
  4. Introduce the art centre.
  5. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Use the Model Magic to create a stick puppet.
  2. Make your puppet in your own creative and unique way.
  3. Explain how you made your puppet.

The Process

  1. Ensure that students understand the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I:
    - use my own ideas to make my puppet
    - mix 2 colours to make a new colour
    - make a face with lots of details
    - explain how and why I made my art
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Gather students to view and discuss their puppets. Ask students to share:
    what they learned about making a puppet
    - how they made new colours
    - what they like best about their puppets
    - what kind of sounds their puppet can make
  2. Display all the puppets in the classroom.
  3. Encourage students to view the puppets and notice how they used the Model Magic in different ways.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their artworks – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, holds puppet to the side, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - StickPuppet_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have grade one students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - StickPuppet_self-assessment)