Our Story Puppets

posted 26 Feb 2013, 15:46 by jason@ilfracombe-inf.devon.sch.uk   [ updated 26 Feb 2013, 15:46 ]
As part of this terms learning about traditional tales we are trying out lots of different ways of learning and retelling stories. One way we are really enjoying learning to do this is by using puppets to bring our stories to life. We like doing this so much because we can use the puppets to show what is happening in the story and they can help us think about what each character is doing when we are learning how to retell it. 

For the next couple of weeks we are learning to retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, so that we can then make up our own stories based on her adventure. To help us do this, on Monday we used puppets that Mr Budge had made in the holiday to work in groups to tell each other the story as we already knew it.

But then we decided it would be a good idea to make our own puppets so that there were enough for everyone to use and so we could take them home to use when we finish learning about the story.

We all had a big think about how we could make our puppets and, in the end, we decided that the quickest and best way would be to make stick puppets like Mr Budge had made; only better! So we looked at all the materials we could use and worked as a class to think about all the puppets we would have to make and how we might make them.

Once we had come up with our designs and had a plan, we got busy working in teams to make all the puppets we would need. At first we thought it would be an easy job, but it was actually very hard. However, we really wanted to make the best puppets Mr Budge had ever seen and so we worked extra hard to get the job done. We must have been working really hard because Mr Budge told us that it was the most quiet classroom in the world and we told him it was because we had to really concentrate to get them just right. 

First we had to decide which puppets we would make. Then we had to collect all the right materials to make that puppet. Once we had done that the real hard work began. We had to measure the sizes for the costumes they would wear, draw the right shapes for the costumes, cut them out carefully and then use the right glues to stick these costumes to the lolly stick so they would not fall off. This meant that we had to use our Math brains a lot to get it just right and really try and try again until we got our puppets just right. After we had done this all of this we then used pens to draw our puppets faces and other parts of their bodies. 

In the end, Mr Budge and Jeanette could not believe their eyes and Mr Budge was really jealous that we had made better puppets than he had done in all the holiday. Now that we have finished them we are really proud of our work and look forward to them drying so that we can begin to use them to retell our own versions of Little Red Riding Hood. We cannot wait to show our grown-ups just how good these puppets are and how well we can use them to make an exciting story.

To see just how hard we all work to make them and just how great they look you can have a look at the photos in the slideshows below. We hope you enjoy having a look, as much as we enjoyed making them.

Here are some of our great Little Red Riding Hood stick puppets. 
Can you guess who made which puppet?

Making Our Story Puppets

Look at how hard we worked to make our puppets and how proud we are of our work!

Story Puppet Display

We hope you enjoy our special puppet display. Please have a look next time you visit 1JB :)