FLAT ANIMATION PUPPETS – Texture, Shape, Colour

Students use modeling clay pressed onto Bristol board or cardstock to create a small figure with moveable parts suitable for stop-motion animation.

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FLAT ANIMATION PUPPETS – Texture, Shape, Colour


  • Crayola Modeling Clay - Multiple Colours
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Bristol Board or Cardstock Paper - 13.9 cm x 21.6 cm (5.5" x 8.5")
  • Pencils


Step 1
  1. Start by making a rough sketch of your character.
  2. Draw a good copy of your character on a piece of Bristol board.
  3. Make the drawing from 10 cm (4") to 15 cm (6") tall.
Step 2
  1. Decide which parts you want to have move, for example, the head and arms.
  2. Cut out the body so the moveable parts are separate pieces.
  3. Glue small extensions of Bristol board long enough to tuck under the main body to the ends of the moveable pieces.
Step 3
  1. Press a thin layer of modeling clay onto the surface of the Bristol board.
  2. Blend two colours or more together to get new colours.
  3. Use a pencil or toothpick to create texture.
  4. Cover the entire surface of the Bristol board, including the extensions with modeling clay.
Step 4
  1. Use the downshoot camera angle to film your character in a story you have written.
  2. Make the background for your story using a lesson plan available on this website, for example,
    Media Underwater Scene
    Media Landscape Scene
    Media Suburban Scene
    City Setting
    Setting the Scene

  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Visual Arts,

    • Media Literacy

  • Grades:

    • Grade 1,

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8,

    • Grade 9,

    • Grade 10

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