Activity Introduction

Retell a favourite story by making yourself popstick puppets of the characters. Then you could make yourself a puppet theatre with the setting of the book as well. Enjoy putting on a show for your family or carers. 

Safety advice: Always cut with the scissors pointing away from yourself.

Some kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support, although they will love to perform their puppet show for an audience. 

Ideal for: Early Learning and Lower Primary Ages 3 – 7

Themes: 

  • playtime 
  • be creative
  • think and connect 

Time required: 30 minutes 

Curriculum Connections: Arts, English, Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

Being able to sequence and retell a familiar story is an important skill for early and emerging readers and writers. Fun activities such as these combine creativity with the opportunity to use the language of stories. And, of course, it can be applied to as many stories as you like, so can be repeated again and again!

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Resources Required

  • A favourite book 
  • A shoe box or cereal box 
  • Cardboard 
  • Sticky tape 
  • Markers, paints or pencils

 

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Popstick Puppets - Activity Instructions

Retell a favourite story by making yourself popstick puppets of the characters. Then you could make yourself a puppet theatre with the setting of the book as well. Enjoy putting on a show for your family or carers. 

Step 1. Choose a favourite book that you know well. Have a look through the book and identify the characters in the book. Remember, books are precious so don’t draw in or cut the book itself. 

Step 2. On the cardboard, draw a picture of the characters in the book (look in the book while you draw and try and include as much detail as you can). Make them about 10 centimetres tall. These will be your puppets.

Step 3. Colour your pictures in and cut them out. Now use the sticky tape to attach a popstick to the back of each picture, making sure it sticks out the top of your character. This is so that you can hold the puppet into your shoe box setting. If you don’t have any popsticks you could use a hard piece of card or a stick from t

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