I HAVE A STORY TO TELL – Rod Puppet, Colour, Detail

Students use Model Magic and a paint stir stick to create a rod puppet with a distinct personality.

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I HAVE A STORY TO TELL – Rod Puppet, Colour, Detail


  • Crayola Model Magic - Assorted Colours
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Paint Stir Sticks - 1 per student
  • Googly Eyes and Other Embellishments
  • Pipe Cleaners - 3 per student
  • Ribbon
  • Bamboo Skewers - 30.5 cm (12") long - 2 per student
  • Felt Pieces - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") - 1 per student


Step 1
  1. Mix Model Magic colours together to get the colour you need for the head of your puppet.
    - For example, to make brown mix red, yellow and blue together.
  2. You need to mix an amount about the size of a tennis ball in order to have enough to make the head and hands.
  3. Place some of the mixed Model Magic aside and roll the rest into a ball.
  4. Hold the ball in the palm of your hand and place the paint stir stick on top of it.
  5. Make sure the stick covers the whole ball.
Step 2
  1. Wrap the Model Magic around the stick.
  2. Form the head.
  3. Add enough details to give the puppet a personality.
    - Stick pieces of Model Magic to the head for things like ears and hair.
    - Press things like buttons and googly eyes into the Model Magic to make them stick.
Step 3
  1. Choose a piece of felt for the body of the puppet.
  2. Fold it in half, short end to short end.
  3. Place the dress pattern on top of the felt.
  4. Make sure the top of the pattern is along the fold. Cut out the dress.
  5. Remember to cut out the small opening at the top of the dress.
Step 4
  1. Choose two pipe cleaners to use for the arms.
  2. Make an X with the two ends.
  3. Twist them together to make one long pipe cleaner.
Step 5
  1. Wrap the long pipe cleaner around the paint stick just below the chin of the head you created.
  2. Pull it tight.
  3. Make sure the arms are the same length on both sides of the puppet.
Step 6
  1. Slip the dress onto the stick FROM THE BOTTOM.
  2. DO NOT try to put it over the head.
  3. Fold the arms down along the stick.
  4. Gently insert the stick and arms into the opening at the top of the dress.
  5. Pull the felt dress up the stick making sure the arms are inside.
Step 7
  1. Once the dress is in place, pull the pipe cleaners up and out to form the arms.
  2. Tie a ribbon or pipe cleaner around the waist to hold the dress in place.
Step 8
  1. Set the puppet aside.
  2. To make the hands, roll two balls of Model Magic the same size.
  3. Gently flatten the balls and use scissors to make 4 cuts for fingers along one edge.
Step 9
  1. Stick the skewer into the hand.
  2. Make sure it goes in as far as possible.
  3. Gently pinch the bottom of the hand to secure it to the stick. Round the fingers and add details.
Step 10
  1. Attach the end of the pipe cleaner to the skewer close to the bottom of the hand.
  2. Put a small amount of glue around the edge of the pipe cleaner.
  3. Repeat for the other hand.
Step 11
  1. Allow the puppet to dry for 2 days.
  2. When it is dry use your puppet to tell a story.
  3. Move the hands by holding the stick and one skewer in one hand, and holding the opposite skewer in your other hand.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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