TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form

Students create a two finger puppet using Model Magic. Perfect for storytelling!

Required Time

160 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 8

Subject

Language Arts
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

character colour detail personality secondary colour tertiary colours texture variety

Materials

Masking Tape Cardstock strips 3.8 cm x 7.6 cm (1.5 in x 3 in) Googly Eyes (optional) Garlic Press Toothpicks Super Sparkle Glitter Glue Scissors Crayola Model Magic

Steps

TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step One

Step One

Place a small piece of masking tape on each piece of cardstock. Make sure the tape hangs at least 3 cm over the edge of the card.

TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Wrap the card around your finger and secure it with the masking tape.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Repeat with the other card. Make sure the tubes you have created are tight enough to stay put, and loose enough to move gently if you pull on them.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Choose a colour of Model Magic for the legs. Flatten it between you fingers and thumb.
  2. Wrap the Model Magic around the tube. Be sure to cover the top as well as the sides.
  3. Do the same with both tubes.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Roll a ball of Model Magic for the body. Shape it into a cylinder about 3/4 the length of the legs.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Attach the cylinder to the legs.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Roll thin coils for the arms and attach them to the shoulders of the body. (In this example the student is waiting to attach the other arm until the head is attached to accomodate the Superheroe's stance.)
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Eight

Step Eight

  1. Mix some Model Magic the colour you want for the head. Roll a small ball and attach it to the body. (Tip- for a pale colour start with white and slowly add small amounts of colour to it.)
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Nine

Step Nine

  1. Use a garlic press to create hair.
  2. Gently pull the strands of Model Magic away from the garlic press.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Ten

Step Ten

  1. Stick the strands to the head for hair.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

  1. Continue to add details making sure each piece sticks to the figure.
  2. Flatten Model Magic and cut it with scissors to make large flat pieces of clothing. 
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

  1. Attach pieces carefully making sure you don't squish the rest of the figure.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Thirteen

Step Thirteen

  1. You may want to add glitter glue to some parts of your figure.
TWO FINGER PUPPET – Detail, Colour, Texture and Form - Step Fourteen

Step Fourteen

  1. You may want to seal the puppet with an acrylic varnish.
  2. Allow the varnish to dry for about an hour.
  3. Use your puppet to tell a story.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a puppet with enough details that the viewer will have some ideas about its personality just by looking at it;
  2. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity;
  3. Respond to the work of others; and
  4. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

  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 practise 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 their 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.

Prepare

  1. Create a sample puppet to show students.
  2. Place desks in groups of about 6 so they can share materials.

Introduction

  1. Connect this lesson to a theme or unit you are currently working on. For example, have students think about the characters in a story they are retelling, or an imaginary character in a story they are writing. These little puppets are perfect for animating any topic.
  2. Encourage students to do some research and brainstorming to think of details for their puppet. For example, the puppet shown in this lesson is a Superhero. Before beginning students looked at images of Superheroes to see what other artists have imagined for costumes and body stance.​
  3.  Introduce the challenge

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a puppet with enough details that the viewer will have some ideas about its personality just by looking at it.
  2. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  3. Respond to the work of others.
  4. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Remind students that Model Magic starts to dry once it is opened. Ask them to close the small packets over unused Model Magic at their tables.
  2. Demonstrate how to add the masking tape to the cardstock strips. (For grade ones it is often easier to have a helper do it ahead of time and place the strips on tables ready to use.)
  3. Demonstrate how to mix secondary and tertiary colours.
  4. Walk students through the steps assisting as needed.
  5. Once the basic puppet is made, encourage students to add defining details.
  6. If you can only make the basic puppet during one class (40 minutes) allow the puppets to dry until the next class and have students add details then.  

Sharing

  1. Ask students to place their puppets on their tables.
  2. Provide Post-it notes at each table.
  3. Ask students to view the puppets and select three to comment on.
  4. They should write their own name on the Post-it note as well as a specific comment that says something they like or find interesting about the puppet.
  5. They then place the Post-it note beside the puppet.
  6. Remind students 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 added a cape to make her look more like a Superhero.”)

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work.
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works. Assess the Post-it note comments.
  3. Students fill out a self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - TWO_FINGER_self-assessment.pdf)