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Paper Mâché Puppets


Students will create paper mâché puppet characters using recycled materials. Materials will include cardboard boxes, egg cartons, paper towel rolls, and newspapers. Students will develop their character through discussion, writing, and sketching. Students will use art vocabulary as they create the details of their puppet through paint, fabric, and wood pieces.

Grade Level



Paper Mâché, Sculpture

  • Teaching Guide
  • Teaching Tools


Materials and Tools

  • Scissors
  • Cardboard cones
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Egg cartons
  • Masking tape
  • Buckets
  • Garbage bags
  • Newspaper strips
  • Art paste
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint (primary colors, black and white)
  • Tacky glue
  • Glue brushes
  • Air-dry clay
  • Flat wood pieces
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Fabric
  • Beads
  • Ribbons
  • Paper towels


Bread and Puppet Theatre:

The Muppets:

Amedeo Modigliani:

Amedeo Modigliani, Woman’s Head, limestone, 1912


My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss (Author), Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Illustrators)

Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza (Author), Alyssa Bermudez (Illustrator)


For Multilingual Learners

  • Sentence starters
  • Cooperative grouping
  • Multi-modality tasks
  • Engaging texts and images
  • Rich content
  • Building social and academic language and knowledge through discussion
  • Building language and knowledge through writing
  • High-utility vocabulary and academic language development
  • Language Experience Approach (LEA): Writing a group paragraph
  • Jigsaw activity
  • Reading books relating to topics


Paper Mâché Puppets

Written by Belinda Blum, Artist Instructor

Lesson Development
Julie Applebaum, Senior Director
Belinda Blum, Artist Instructor
Andrea Burgay, Associate Director
Traci Talasco, Artist Instructor

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