BIG MOUTH PUPPET – Colour, Texture, Detail

Students use paper towel rolls, paint and construction paper to create a big mouth puppet using decorative details, colour and texture to express the character’s personality.

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BIG MOUTH PUPPET – Colour, Texture, Detail


  • Crayola Project Paint
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 120 Count
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Paint Brushes - 4 Count
  • Masking Tape
  • Paper Towel Rolls - 1 ½ per student
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Dowels - 30.5 cm (12") - 1 per student
  • Hot Glue Guns
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Decorative Items
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels


Step 1
  1. Use one and a half paper towel tubes.
    - Make sure you cut one roll in half and do not use a toilet tissue roll which is not the right size.
Step 2
  1. Cut the full paper towel roll from one end to the other lengthwise.
Step 3
  1. Put hot glue along half the length of the dowel.
  2. Fasten the dowel to the inside edge of the long paper towel roll.
  3. Leave the unglued half of the dowel hanging out of the bottom of the roll for a handle.
Step 4
  1. Gently squeeze the long roll together so it will fit inside the short roll.
  2. Hold this measurement and remove the short roll.
  3. Tape the long roll back together making sure it stays slightly thinner than the short roll.
  4. Test to be sure the short roll will move up and down the long roll easily, but not fall off if you hold it upright.
Step 5
  1. Draw a long mouth on the long roll.
  2. Insert the long roll into the short roll.
  3. Mark the width of the mouth on the short roll and then remove it.
  4. Cut out a semi-circle for the bottom of the mouth on the short roll.
Step 6
  1. Paint the inside of the mouth black.
  2. Measure 5 cm down from the mouth end of the short roll.
  3. Paint this part the same colour as the long roll so it will match the face.
  4. Paint the rest of the short roll the colour you want the shirt to be.
Step 7
  1. Cut a strip of construction paper about 6 cm x 30 cm for the arms.
  2. Fold the strip of paper in half long end to long end.
  3. Open the paper up and spread a line of glue along the fold
  4. Place a pipe cleaner along the glue line.
  5. Add more glue and fold the paper in half to stick it all together.
Step 8
  1. Fold the paper in half short end to short end.
  2. Cut on an angle from the short end towards the centre fold.
  3. Open up the paper and glue it to the short roll to make the arms.
Step 9
  1. Use paper sculpture techniques and a variety of materials to complete the puppet.
  2. Insert the long roll into the small roll.
  3. Practice holding the dowel and moving the small roll up and down to open and close the mouth.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6

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